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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 306408410 - Smallwood Design Group/Smallwood Landscape, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Tampa

Nr: 306408410Report ID: 0420600Open Date: 03/10/2003

Smallwood Design Group/Smallwood Landscape, Inc.
14331 Harbor Links Court
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0782/Lawn and Garden Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 2010 Orange Blossom Drive, Naples, FL 34109

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/13/2003
Close Case:09/11/2003

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,900
Current Penalty $4,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/20/2003 09/07/2003 $4,900 $4,900 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 306408410Event: 03/10/2003Employee Drowns After Flipping Lawn Mower Into Pond
On March 10, 2003, Employee #1 was operating a Bobcat brand riding lawn mower on a grassy area between a residential condominium and a pond. The embankment towards the pond had various slopes ranging from 15 degrees to 21 degrees. While mowing the grass, he noticed the angle of the embankment and stopped the lawn mower. However, he made no corrections in his travel direction and proceeded forward. As he drove the lawn mower sideways along the embankment, the lawn mower slid sideways down the embankment and flipped over into the pond. Coworkers retrieved him from the water, but found him to be unconscious and unresponsive. Emergency medical personnel were summoned to the scene, but could not revive him and pronounced him dead. A medical examiner determined that the cause of death was from drowning.
Keywords: lawn mower, drown, overturn, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 306408410 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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