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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309300861 - Approved Tree Care

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 309300861Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 03/18/2008

Approved Tree Care
22661 Pelican Hill Rd South
Newport Beach, CA 92657
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: P.O. Box 4873, Garden Grove, CA 92842

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/30/2008
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:07/09/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102528940    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $675 $0 $675
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $675 $0 $675
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 G 05/02/2008 05/25/2008 $225 $225 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314 C 05/02/2008 05/25/2008 $450 $450 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201149630Event: 11/16/2007Employee Amputates Fingers While Clearing Chipper
On November 16, 2007, Employee #1 was operating a Vermeer, Model Number 1600 brush chipper. After turning the brush chipper on, Employee #1 started feeding tree branches. Due to some malfunction, the exit chute on the brush chipper got clogged up. In order to unjam the machine, Employee #1 turned its engine off and a coworker helped him to flip the chute backwards, which exposed the rotary drum with the sharp blades. As Employee #1 was attempting to pull out some of the stuck branches from the chute, an unexpected spring action movement of a forked branch pushed Employee #1's right hand against the blades on the drum which was still spinning. After shutting the power off, the rotary drum takes more than two minutes before it stops spinning completely. Employee #1 amputated his thumb, index, middle and ring fingers on his right hand. He was treated in the emergency room and was not hospitalized.
Keywords: rotating parts, amputated, finger, drum, jammed, chipper, blade
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309300861 Hospitalized injury Amputation Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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