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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1318833.015 - To The Top Tree Service

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 6

Nr: 1318833.015Report ID: 0355116Open Date: 05/25/2018

To The Top Tree Service
3006 John Wayland Highway
Dayton, VA 22821
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 707 Rocking Chair Lane, Mount Jackson, VA 22842

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/25/2018
Emphasis: S:TreetrimClose Case:07/13/2018

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1342165    
Case Status: CLOSED

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 106041.015Event: 05/25/2018Tree Worker Is Electrocuted When A Branch Hits A Power Line
At 11:45 a.m. on May 25, 2018, an employee was working for a landscaping service. He and a coworker were engaged in tree trimming operations. His helper was on the ground, and the employee was aloft. A tree branch approximately 6.4 meters (21 feet) in length that was overhanging an overhead power line by approximately 3.0 meters (10 feet). The power line was energized at 19.9 kV. The plan was for the helper on the ground to suspend the branch by means of a rope system that was rigged in the tree. The employee would then pull the branch toward himself, clearing the power line. Instead, after the employee cut the tree branch, it made contact with the power line while the employee was still holding onto it. He was electrocuted.
Keywords: tree trimming, overhead power line, clearance, electric shock, electrocuted, power lines, e gi iii, tree
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1318833.015 Fatality Electric Shock Agricultural and food scientists

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