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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 18826859 - Cox Trucking Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 4

Nr: 18826859Report ID: 0352440Open Date: 02/19/1988

Cox Trucking Company, Inc.
Outfall Road On Hance Farm, Hance Road
Port Republic, MD 20676
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
Mailing: 3620 Huning Creek Road, Huntingtown, MD 20638

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/02/1988
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:04/12/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360616387    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $370 $0 $0 $0 $0 $370
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
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 890032 A 03/17/1988 03/20/1988 $370 $370 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14458319Event: 02/18/1988Tree Feller Killed When Struck By Falling Tree
EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WORKING IN THE WOODS CUTTING TREES TO BE HAULED TO A LOCAL SAWMILL. HE WAS TRIMMING THE TOP FROM A PREVIOUSLY FELLED TREE WHILE STANDING IN THE FALL RADIUS OF A SECOND TREE WHICH HAD BEEN NOTCHED. FOR SOME REASON, THE SECOND TREE HAD NOT FALLEN WHEN FIRST CUT, BUT WAS LEANING TO THE SOUTH. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS USING A GASOLINE-POWERED CHAIN SAW TO CUT AND TRIM TREES. THE WEATHER WAS PARTLY CLOUDY AND BREEZY. THE GROUND WAS WET FROM EARLY MORNING RAINS. THE WORK AREA WAS LOCATED 25 FEET FROM A HAUL ROAD AND ON A SLOPE. EMPLOYEE #1 HAD JUST FINISHED CUTTING THE FIRST BRANCH FROM THE TREE HE WAS TRIMMING WHEN EITHER THE WIND OR VIBRATIONS FROM EQUIPMENT CAUSED THE SECOND (NOTCHED) TREE TO FALL IN HIS DIRECTION. HE WAS STRUCK A GLANCING BLOW ON THE HEAD AND KNOCKED TO THE GROUND. HE SUFFERED A MASSIVE FRACTURE OF THE FRONT OF HIS HEAD WHEN STRUCK BY THE 24 INCH DIAMETER TREE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS THE ONLY TREE CUTTER WORKING IN THE WOODS. THE PRESIDENT OF THE FIRM WAS RUNNING THE SKIDDER MACHINE SKIDDING CUT TREES OUT OF THE WOODS TO THE LOADING AREA. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS WELL TRAINED AS A TREE CUTTER AND HAD BEEN DOING THIS WORK FOR 22 YEARS. THE EMPLOYER PROVIDES HARDHATS, EYE GOGGLES & GLOVES FOR ALL EMPLOYEES.
Keywords: fracture, head, tree felling, work rules, skull, tree, struck by, logging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18826859 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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