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Inspection: 303082952 - Asplundh Tree Expert Company

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 303082952Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 11/09/2000

Asplundh Tree Expert Company
2990 Benhur Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70820
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 700 Covington Center, Covington, LA 70433

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/09/2000
Close Case:09/27/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100551951    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19100067 C02 III 04/09/2001 04/10/2001 $7,000 $7,000 $0 05/11/2001 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002 Serious 19100067 C02 IV 04/09/2001 04/10/2001 $7,000 $7,000 $0 05/11/2001 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19100269 R01 VI 04/09/2001 04/10/2001 $7,000 $7,000 $0 05/11/2001 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200551760Event: 11/08/2000Employee Killed In Fall From Elevation
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on November 8, 2000, Employee #1 was working from the basket of an aerial lift truck performing tree trimming operations. The work was being conducted in the vicinity of a 7,200 volt single-phase electrical-power line. The power line was approximately 19 feet from the trunk of the tree and approximately 30 feet below the limb being cut. A rope was attached from the tree limb to a truck at ground level that was used to apply force to the limb and guide its direction of travel upon its removal. The length of the aerial lift arm was insufficient in allowing Employee #1 to safely reach the limb and make the cut. Employee #1 climbed out of the basket and onto the tree to perform the cutting operation. Employee #1 attached one of his fall protection lanyards to the basket and the other one directly to the tree. As the truck applied force to the tree limb, the base of the tree cracked and split, causing the tree to fall over. This action also caused the aerial lift truck to tip over. Employee #1 died as a result of head trauma caused by the fall from elevation of approximately 55 feet. Wind conditions around the time of the accident indicated 17.9 to 20.0 knots.
Keywords: head, high wind, tree limb, rope, truck, lanyard, fall, fall protection, tree trimming, aerial lift
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303082952 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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