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Inspection: 1470452.015 - Superior Tree Service Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 1470452.015Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 03/18/2020

Superior Tree Service Inc.
918 Escondido Ct
Alamo, CA 94507
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 14670 Noble Avenue, San Jose, CA 95132

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/08/2020
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1555170    
Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $28,350 $0 $0 $900 $0 $29,250
Current Penalty $28,350 $0 $0 $900 $0 $29,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3421(M) 09/08/2020 $900 $900 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 02001 Serious 3421(C) 09/08/2020 $6,750 $6,750 $0 Z - Issued
  3. 03001 Serious 3423(B) 09/08/2020 $10,800 $10,800 $0 Z - Issued
  4. 04001 Serious 3426(B) 09/08/2020 $10,800 $10,800 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 124895.015Event: 03/18/2020Employee Is Killed When Energized While Tree Trimming
At approximately 4:37 p.m on March 18, 2020, Employee # 1 was in a tree, trimming the tops of trees at a private residence. He was using a pole saw, approximately 9 feet 6 inches long, without insulation, while working within 10 feet of energized power lines. He was holding the pole with both hands. The back of the tree was about 7 feet 6 inches from the power lines and the front was approximately 4 feet 2 inches of the 21,000 volt power lines. Employee # 1 made contact with the power lines, was electrocuted, causing him to catch on fire for almost an hour before the power could be shut off and fire department could retrieve him. He was killed. He died of cardiac arrest primarily and secondarily of burning to death internally. Employee # 2, the supervisor/sales rep, was responsible for setting crews up for jobs, look for site specific hazards and address those hazards in a safety meeting prior to work starting. He did not do that, nor did he ensure the power was shut off prior to work starting. The fire department notified the district office at approximately 6:00 p.m. and the CSHO arrived on the scene at approximately 7:00 p.m., the same day while Employee # 1 was still onsite. Employee # 1 was still in the position that EMS left him after they tried to revive him. He was laying supine, with electrical burn marks on both hands.
Keywords: tree trimming, contact, cardiac arrest, elec insulation, power lines, insulated tool, fire, electrocuted, fire brigade/department, burn, work rules, saw, tree, utility pole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1470452.015 Fatality Electric Shock Laborers, except construction

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