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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 301306643 - Troy Brown Logging

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 301306643Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 12/02/1996

Troy Brown Logging
Route 1, Box 151
Splendora, TX 77372
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0851/Forestry Services

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/03/1996
Close Case:08/28/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101760148    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 7 1 8
Current Violations 7 1 8
Initial Penalty $10,500 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $12,000
Current Penalty $3,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100266 D06 I 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100266 D06 II 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100266 H01 IV 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100266 I01 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100266 I07 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Serious 19100266 I10 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007 Serious 19100266 I11 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $429 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 02001 Other 19040008 12/18/1996 12/26/1996 $0 $1,500 $0 12/23/1996 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201760139Event: 11/19/1996Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Tree
Employee #1, age 17, had just finished trimming a loaded truck, which the owner then drove away from the site. At about the same time, a sawhand started felling trees next to the skidder trail while a coworker bunched trees in the area. The buncher observed Employee #1 walking up the skidder trail and saw trees falling as he was driving to the set-up area. The buncher returned to shove a tree away from the skidder trail when he saw Employee #1 laying underneath the approximately 30 ft long tree with a 12 in. wide trunk. He had been struck on the head by a 4 in. wide branch, and the buncher grabbed his chainsaw, and cut away the limb. He then ran to the sawhand and yelled for help. The sawhand started CPR, but stopped because blood continued to flow from Employee #1's nose. The buncher jumped on the skidder and drove down the road two houses, where he called 911. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: clearance, head, tree felling, tree limb, work rules, struck by, communication, tree trimming, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301306643 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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