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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 $8,192 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,192
Current Penalty $6,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 11/19/2021 01/10/2022 $4,096 $4,096 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100135 A01 11/19/2021 $2,604 $4,096 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 136552.015 Event: 06/24/2021Tree Care Employee Is Struck And Killed By Falling Tree
At 4:30 p.m. on June 24, 2021, an employee was working for a tree care service. He and some coworkers, including the company owner, were in the backyard of a si ngle family residence. They were taking down an 80-foot tall (24-meter tall) pin e tree. They were cutting the tree near the base so that the entire tree would c ome down in one motion. The employee was applying pulling force by means of a co me-along, while the company owner was doing the actual cutting. The employee's p osition put him in line with the falling tree. As the tree fell, it changed dire ction, and the employee tried to flee. The falling tree struck him in his head, neck, and torso. He suffered massive head trauma. When rescuers arrived, the emp loyee was trapped beneath the fallen tree and not breathing. The local police an d fire departments responded. Fire department personnel used an automatic extern al defibrillator (AED) provided by the police and performed cardio-pulmonary res uscitation (CPR). At this time, the employee had a faint pulse. Police personnel determined that immediate transport was required. An ambulance arrived, and amb ulance company personnel took over primary care. Fire department personnel loade d the employee into the ambulance with a Stokes basket. Medical personnel decide d that helicopter transport was not needed. The employee was taken to a hospital , where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: blunt force trauma, cpr, emergency response, falling object, head, neck, struck by, torso, traumatic, tree, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1538027.015 Fatality

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