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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310752621 - Jason Carman

Inspection Information - Office: Syracuse

Nr: 310752621Report ID: 0215800Open Date: 12/10/2007

Jason Carman
Lychenburger Road
Milford, NY 13807
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
NAICS: 113310/Logging
Mailing: 1802 State Hwy. 12, Greene, NY 13778

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/11/2007
Emphasis: L:LoggingClose Case:12/31/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $2,550 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,550
Current Penalty $1,658 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,658
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100266 D01 IV 01/28/2008 02/05/2008 $390 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100266 D02 01/28/2008 02/05/2008 $293 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003A Serious 19100266 H01 VI 01/28/2008 02/05/2008 $488 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003B Serious 19100266 H02 II 01/28/2008 02/05/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004A Serious 19100266 H02 VI 01/28/2008 02/05/2008 $488 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01004B Serious 19100266 I03 01/28/2008 02/05/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200881423Event: 12/06/2007Employee Is Killed By Falling Oak Branch
On December 6, 2007, Employee #1 cut a 27-in. diameter red oak. It was approximately 70 ft tall to the top of the crown. Employee #1 placed a conventional notch and left a hinge of an appropriate size. The back cut was placed approximately 1.5 in. below the bottom of the notch. There was no evidence that any wedges were used. The red oak tree fell until it hit another white oak. The white oak slightly rotated the red oak tree and stopped it from falling. It held the red oak tree at an angle of approximately 70 degrees to the ground. It appeared that Employee #1 retrieved a skidder, backed it up to the red oak tree, and used the skidder to climb up. He placed a chain around the red oak tree at a height of approximately 10 ft above the ground. The skidder was moved back up the hill to a distance of 75 ft from the red oak tree. Employee #1 went back to the red oak tree. At that time, the red oak tree limb of a 4 in. in diameter and 9 ft long fell and struck Employee #1 on his head. Employee #1 was killed. Upon inspection, there was other dead branches hung up in the red oak tree and there were other dead and damaged trees in the felling path of the red oak tree. There was not adequate management of the dead trees.
Keywords: chain, fracture, head, tree felling, tree, fall, skidder, struck by, logging, work surface
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310752621 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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