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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300608189 - Lariat Pallet Company

Inspection Information - Office: Fairview Heights

Nr: 300608189Report ID: 0524530Open Date: 08/28/1998

Lariat Pallet Company
Rr3 Box 379
Lawrenceville, IL 62439
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
Mailing: R.R.1 Box 246a, Monroe City, IN 47557

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/29/1998
Close Case:11/10/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint200832558 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 7 7
Current Violations 7 7
Initial Penalty $5,550 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,550
Current Penalty $2,775 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,775
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100266 D01 VI 09/30/1998 10/06/1998 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100266 D01 VIIA 09/30/1998 10/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01002 Serious 19100266 D02 II 09/30/1998 10/06/1998 $225 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19100266 D06 I 09/30/1998 10/06/1998 $750 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100266 F01 II 09/30/1998 10/06/1998 $225 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01005 Serious 19100266 I03 III 09/30/1998 10/16/1998 $300 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01006 Serious 19100266 I07 I 09/30/1998 11/02/1998 $300 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01007 Serious 19100266 I11 09/30/1998 10/16/1998 $225 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200840361Event: 08/20/1998Employee Injured By Tree During Skidder Operation
At 3:00 p.m. on August 20, 1998, Employee #1 and coworkers were wrapping wire rope chokers around two felled trees to move them into a clearing for trimming. The chokers were attached to the winch line of a skidder approximately 30 ft away. One of the trees was lodged at an angle to the other, and as the winch started to pull on them, the lodged tree rolled over and struck Employee #1 in the head and back. He sustained severe injuries, for which he was hospitalized. Employee #1 was inexperienced and apparently was not aware of how to position himself safely when the trees were being moved. He had not been provided any personal protective equipment. The coworkers were also untrained in safety procedures for felling trees and skidding them with wire rope chokers and, upon inspection, the chokers were found to be defective. The crew was in a remote area in the woods and had no plan or means to contact emergency services for help in transporting an injured employee.
Keywords: head, ppe, tree skidding, work rules, choker setter, inexperience, struck by, logging, untrained, mech malfunction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300608189 Hospitalized injury Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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