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Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $240 $0 $0 $0 $0 $240
Current Penalty $240 $0 $0 $0 $0 $240
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 12/06/1989 01/16/1990 $240 $240 $0 -
  2. 02001 Other 7B0308 12/06/1989 01/16/1990 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14254205 Event: 09/29/1989Employee Killed When Struck By Tree
At 10:00 a.m. on September 29, 1989, Employee #1 had just cut a fallen tree, 8.5 inches in diameter by 21 feet tall, at a point 4 feet above the root system. The trunk of the tree was suspended in a horizontal position, about 4 feet off ground, in the bucket of a Caterpillar backhoe. Employee #1 misjudged the hazardous situation and walked between the bucket and the main part of the backhoe to make another cut on the tree trunk. The top of the tree was wedged between standing trees. Tension on the tree trunk caused it to slip over the teeth of the backhoe bucket and strike Employee #1 on left side of the head. This resulted in blunt trauma injury to the head with a basilar skull fracture which caused the employees death.
Keywords: fracture, tree, struck by, concussion, backhoe
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18513184 Fatality Fracture Construction trades, n.e.c.

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