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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304585730 - Sellen Construction Co Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 2

Nr: 304585730Report ID: 1055320Open Date: 06/29/2001

Sellen Construction Co Inc
Ne 45th Street & 45th Avenue Ne
Seattle, WA 98105
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
Mailing: 227 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/13/2001
Emphasis: L:ConstrClose Case:09/25/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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 304585730 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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