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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 17654625 - J & J Tree Service

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 17654625Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 11/25/1986

J & J Tree Service
Off Frogg Run Road
Grafton, WV 26354
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
Mailing: 346 Hickman Street, Clarksburg, WV 26302

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/26/1986
Close Case:04/06/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360530919    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19030002 A01 02/23/1987 02/26/1987 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14481741Event: 11/22/1986Employee Killed When Crushed By Falling Tree
Before climbing a 66 ft tall poplar tree, Employee #1 tested the tree by tapping it with a hammer and pulling on it with a guy rope. After the tests, Employee #1 climbed the tree using a climbing belt and carrying a Homelite XL chain saw which he would use to notch it. While Employee #1 was trimming the tree, coworkers were on a nearby wooded bank keeping a taut guy line (a manila rope) on the tree to keep the cut sections from falling on an adjacent house trailer. Employee #1 first trimmed a 3 ft section from the top, and then moved down approximately 12 ft. He had notched the next section of the tree when it snapped 3 ft from the base. The tree fell on top of Employee #1, who was still attached to it with his climbing belt. He sustained crushing injuries to the left side of his chest and was killed.
Keywords: chest, tree felling, crushed, tree, fall, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 17654625 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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