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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304633530 - Pike Electric, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Atlanta East

Nr: 304633530Report ID: 0418100Open Date: 11/13/2002

Pike Electric, Inc.
8668 Chatsworth Hwy.
Ellijay, GA 30540
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
Mailing: 100 Pike Way, P.O. Box 868, Mount Airy, NC 27030

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/11/2003
Close Case:12/03/2003

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $9,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,500
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 04/11/2003 04/30/2003 $5,000 $7,000 $0 06/05/2003 W - Empr Withdrew
  2. 01002 Serious 19100132 A 04/11/2003 04/17/2003 $0 $2,500 $0 06/05/2003 W - Empr Withdrew

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201281490Event: 11/12/2002Employee Crushed By Felled Tree
Some employees were removing trees as part of a line-clearance operation. The trees were about 3 to 4 meters from an overhead power line. One partially uprooted pine tree was lodged against another tree to the east of the power line. The employees placed two come-alongs around the midsection of the lodged tree and anchored them to the north and east of the tree. One of the employees stood on the northeast side of the lodged tree and cut a notch at its base on the east side. The tree did not fall. The employee cut another notch 1.5 meters above the first cut. The tree apparently fell, and the lower section struck the employee on his leg while the upper section pinned the employee to the ground, crushing his left upper chest. He died of his injuries.
Keywords: tree felling, lodged tree, crushed, elec utility work, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304633530 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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