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Inspection: 303983050 - Asplundh Tree Expert Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Jacksonville

Nr: 303983050Report ID: 0419700Open Date: 01/30/2001

Asplundh Tree Expert Co.
Us Hwy 1 South At Kennedy Parkway
Oak Hill, FL 32759
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
Mailing: 612 N Orange Ave, A14, Jupiter, FL 33458

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/03/2001
Emphasis: L:OhpwrlneClose Case:09/10/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101351427    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 3 11
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $37,000 $0 $0 $6,000 $0 $43,000
Current Penalty $13,500 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $15,500
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 II 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $0 $7,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100157 G01 07/11/2001 05/24/2002 $1,500 $1,500 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003A Serious 19100269 A02 I 07/11/2001 08/03/2001 $0 $7,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01003B Serious 19100269 P04 II 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $0 $0 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01004 Serious 19100269 C01 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $0 $7,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01005A Serious 19100269 R01 V 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $7,000 $7,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 7. 01005B Serious 19100269 R01 III 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $0 $0 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01006 Serious 19101030 C01 I 07/11/2001 05/24/2002 $2,500 $2,500 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 01007 Serious 19101030 F01 I 07/11/2001 05/24/2002 $2,500 $2,500 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 10. 01008 Serious 19101030 G02 I 07/11/2001 08/13/2001 $0 $2,500 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 11. 02001 Other 19040002 A 07/11/2001 07/19/2001 $0 $2,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 12. 02002 Other 19040004 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $0 $2,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 02003A Other 19040002 A 07/19/2001 05/24/2002 $2,000 $2,000 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement
  14. 02003B Other 19040004 07/11/2001 07/16/2001 $0 $0 $0 08/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201351350Event: 01/30/2001Electric Shock - Direct Contact With Overhead Line
A line-clearance tree trimmer was working with a ground worker and a supervisor, performing a line-clearance tree trimming operation. At about 10:25 am, the crew went to a new area. The tree trimmer parked his aerial lift truck below a 13-kilovolt overhead power line, and the supervisor parked his truck behind the aerial lift truck. The supervisor and ground worker placed traffic cones. Then, the ground worker started the auxiliary motor powering the aerial lift and outriggers. He lowered the outrigger on the passenger side of the truck, and the supervisor lowered the outrigger on the driver's side. The tree trimmer climbed into the aerial lift bucket and began elevating it. The supervisor went to fill a chainsaw with gasoline and did not watch the tree trimmer. The ground worker stood about 1 meter from the passenger-side outrigger and watched the tree trimmer. The tree trimmer was facing the aerial lift controls without watching the overhead power line, which was located behind him. He contacted the phase conductor with his head as his lower back contacted the neutral conductor. The ground worker warned the tree trimmer just before he contacted the power line, but it was too late. The tree trimmer was electrocuted. The tree trimmer and ground worker had not been fully trained regarding their respective job assignments. Additionally, the supervisor did not conduct a job briefing for the new location.
Keywords: overhead power line, electrical, electrocuted, e ptd, tree trimming, aerial lift, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303983050 Fatality Electric Shock Forestry workers, except logging

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