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Inspection: 304585698 - Big Trees Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 2

Nr: 304585698Report ID: 1055320Open Date: 06/27/2001

Big Trees Inc
Ne 45th Street And 45th Avenue Ne
Seattle, WA 98105
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
Mailing: 10928 Springhetti Road, Snohomish, WA 98290

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/25/2001
Emphasis: L:WasafetyClose Case:05/28/2003

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361232796    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3 6
Current Violations 3 3 6
Initial Penalty $1,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,200
Current Penalty $1,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,200
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 0242352703 A 12/11/2001 10/25/2001 $650 $650 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 3070003002 12/11/2001 01/13/2002 $450 $450 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 30719015 12/11/2001 12/19/2001 $100 $100 $0 -
  4. 02001 Other 3070005002 12/11/2001 12/29/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 02002 Other 3073640601 12/11/2001 12/24/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 02003 Other 3073681502 12/11/2001 12/24/2001 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170009666Event: 06/27/2001Employee Killed When Tree Falls On Crane Cab
On June 27, 2001, Employees #1through #3 were working with Big Trees Transplant Service and Sunnen Crane Service to adjust the depth and straightness of a 90-ft tall elm tree that they had replanted the day before, across from the site of a new parking garage. The property owners had asked for the depth and verticality of the tree to be adjusted after the crew had transplanted the tree on the previous day. The crew rerigged the tree and Employee #1, the crane operator, lifted it four times to make the requested adjustments. As the crane was lowering the tree slowly into place, the tree rotated approximately 45 degrees then fell onto the crane's cab. Employee #1, who was operating the crane from inside the cab, was crushed and killed. Employees #2 and #3 sustained injuries but only Employee #2 required hospitalization.
Keywords: crane cab, struck by, unsecured, work rules, load shift, overturn, construction, crushed, tree
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304585698 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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