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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1459991.015 - Cut Above Services, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: South Boston

Nr: 1459991.015Report ID: 0111400Open Date: 01/31/2020

Cut Above Services, Llc
72 Willow Field Drivenull
N Falmouth, MA 02556
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 186 Linwood Streetnull, Lynn, MA 01905

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/31/2020
Close Case:09/25/2020

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $8,096 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,096
Current Penalty $8,096 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,096
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100135 A01 07/15/2020 09/02/2020 $4,048 $4,048 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 07/15/2020 09/02/2020 $4,048 $4,048 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 123632.015Event: 01/31/2020Employee Is Struck And Killed By Tree Branch
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on January 31, 2020, Four employees (Employee #1 and three coworkers) were engaged in manual felling of two oak trees from the work s ite in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Coworker # 3 was working from a trailer mounted aerial lift removing the branches from the trees. Coworker #2 was on t he ground cutting the branches into smaller pieces and assisting Employee #1 in moving the branches to the chipper. Coworker #3, who was the crew manager, was working in the work zone while Coworker#1 was responsible for felling the trunk. As Coworker #1 was preparing to fell the trunk, Employee #1 and Coworker #3 w ere within the work zone. Employee #1 was feeding branches into the chipper and Coworker #3 was standing approximately three to four (3-4) feet behind Employee #1 as he prepared to fell the trunk. Employee #1 and Coworker #2 were closer t han twice the height of the trunk being felled as required by ANSI Z133-2017. T he trunk being felled was approximately sixteen (16) feet in length and had a di ameter of approximately sixteen (16) inches. As the trunk fell, it landed on a second branch that was approximately eight (8) inches in diameter and approximat ely eight (8) feet in length. When the trunk landed on the branch, it catapulte d the branch across the worksite, striking Employee #1 in the forehead and was a pproximately twenty-six (26) feet away from the base of the trunk. None of the employees was wearing protective helmets. Employee #1 was struck in the forehead causing significant head trauma with a skull fracture, resulting in being kille d.
Keywords: chipper, fracture, head, ppe, skull, struck by, tree, tree felling, tree limb
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1459991.015 Fatality Chipper Operator

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