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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $47,950 $0 $0 $955 $0 $48,905
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $955 $0 $955
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3395(I) 09/11/2018 10/15/2018 $0 $955 $0 11/14/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
Deleted 2. 02001 Serious 3276(E)(3) 09/11/2018 $22,950 $22,950 $0 11/14/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  3. 03001 Other 3427(A)(2) 09/11/2018 09/21/2018 $955 $25,000 $0 11/14/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 104143.015 Event: 03/26/2018Employee Falls From Tree And Is Killed
At 8:45 a.m. on March 26, 2018, an employee and two coworkers were trimming a pa lm tree approximately 75 feet in height and located in a back yard corner next t o a fence line between two private residential houses. The employee and coworker s worked for a full service tree removal and trimming company, authorized by a p ublic utility company to perform tree trimming work. They arrived at the worksit e about 8:00 a.m. One coworker was on the ground near the base of the tree outsi de the fall zone and the other was next door working in the back yard. The emplo yee placed a 24 foot extension ladder at the base of the palm tree. After donnin g the saddle and gaffs and gathering a chainsaw and pole pruner, ascended the la dder. The employee used the gaffs and positioning lanyards to complete the climb to the fronds to be trimmed. The employee used the chainsaw and pole pruner to complete the frond trimming. The coworker who was next door saw the employee ins tall a descent (climbing) rope across the top green fronds, but not on center, t o create a false crotch. The employee connected the rope to his saddle, removed the positioning lanyards and put weight on the rope to descend to the ground. Th e rope slipped off the green fronds and employee fell approximately 70 feet to t he ground at the base of the tree. A coworker found the employee unconscious and not breathing. The coworker called 911 and paramedics performed resuscitation. The employee was taken to Hoag Medical Center. The employee sustained trauma to multiple systems and died. DOSH was notified by phone by the fire department at 09:45 a.m. The employee was the direct supervisor of the two coworkers.
Keywords: fall, fall protection, rope, tree pruner
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1304093.015 Fatality Chainsaw Operator

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