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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 Drive
N Falmouth, MA 02556
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 186 Linwood Street, Lynn, MA 01905

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

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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 site in North Falmouth, Massachusetts. Coworker # 3 was working from a trailer mounted aerial lift removing the branches from the trees. Coworker #2 was on the 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 were 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 than twice the height of the trunk being felled as required by ANSI Z133-2017. The trunk being felled was approximately sixteen (16) feet in length and had a diameter of approximately sixteen (16) inches. As the trunk fell, it landed on a second branch that was approximately eight (8) inches in diameter and approximately eight (8) feet in length. When the trunk landed on the branch, it catapulted the branch across the worksite, striking Employee #1 in the forehead and was approximately 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 killed.
Keywords: ppe, chipper, head, fracture, tree limb, struck by, skull, tree felling, tree
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1459991.015 Fatality Cut/Laceration Chipper Operator

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