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Inspection Detail

Case Status: OPEN

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Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $32,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $32,060
Current Penalty $32,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $32,060
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3427(A)(3)(A) 12/06/2018 $9,560 $9,560 $0 12/06/2018 C - Contested
  2. 02001 Serious 3427(C)(2) 12/06/2018 $22,500 $22,500 $0 12/06/2018 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 111551.015 Event: 09/13/2018Employee Injures Back And Foot In Fall While Performing Util
At 10:37 a.m. on September 13, 2018, an employee was working for a firm that cle ared vegetation away from power lines and near rights-of-way for utility compani es and governmental agencies throughout California and the Pacific Northwest. He was working in a tree. He had climbed the tree anticipating that he would swing from the first tree to a second tree. In so doing, he would gain greater access to the tree he wanted to trim. He climbed the first tree tied into his life lin e. He attained a height of approximately 21 meters (70 feet). He then descended the tree to the swing over point. A coworker, who was working in an adjacent tre e, descended his tree. The coworker removed a sapling so that the employee could swing from the first tree to the second one. While the employee was waiting for the coworker, the employee unclipped his flip line. He was attached to the tree only with his life line. At this time, he was approximately 15 meters (50 feet) up in the tree. The coworker removed the top of the sapling. He had his back to the employee. The coworker heard noises. He turned to see what the commotion wa s and saw the employee falling from the tree. The employee fell approximately 15 meters (50 feet) to the ground. He sustained crushed and broken heels, and a fr acture to one or more vertebrae in his back. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: back, clearance, crushed, elec utility work, fall, foot, fracture, overhead power line, tree, tree trimming, vertebra
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1346783.015 Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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