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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309070985 - Asplundh Tree Experts Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 2

Nr: 309070985Report ID: 0355112Open Date: 05/31/2005

Asplundh Tree Experts Co., Inc.
N. Armisted Ave At Nettles Ln
Hampton, VA 23666
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 11028 Washington Highway, Glen Allen, VA 23059

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/16/2005
Close Case:10/11/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $14,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 510001 A 11/28/2005 12/02/2005 $7,000 $7,000 $0 12/14/2005 1 - State Lower Court
  2. 01002 Serious 19100269 P01 II 11/28/2005 12/02/2005 $7,000 $7,000 $0 12/14/2005 1 - State Lower Court

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200921856Event: 05/31/2005Employee Is Struck And Killed By Vehicle
At approximately 12:20 p.m. on May 31, 2005, Employee #1 and #2 were moving a bucket truck into position to obtain hand cutting tools to clear brush and limbs from under power lines. Employee #1 was approximately 15 ft behind the truck acting as the ground guide for Employee #2 who was driving the truck. As Employee #2 backed the truck, he could see Employee #1 signaling through his right passenger side mirror. Employee #2 lost sight of Employee #1 as he continued to back up. Employee #2 felt the truck drive over something, so he stopped the truck. Employee #2 placed the truck in drive position, moved forward, approximately 5 ft to check the back of the truck. Employee #2 discovered Employee#1 lying on the ground motionless. Employee #2 ran to another vehicle were other employees were located, and called the employer, while another employee called emergency personnel. Employee #1 suffered fatal crushing injuries to his stomach, hips, and lower extremities.
Keywords: signalman, crushed, struck by, hand tool, hip, stomach, aerial lift
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309070985 Fatality Other Timber cutting and logging occupations

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