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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 311281950 - Los Brothers

Inspection Information - Office: Tarrytown

Nr: 311281950Report ID: 0216000Open Date: 02/20/2008

Los Brothers
3388 Wildwood St
Yorktown Hgts, NY 10598
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0782/Lawn and Garden Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 50 Baldwin Place Rd, Mahopac, NY 10541

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/24/2008
Emphasis: L:Landscpe, S:Struck-ByClose Case:03/07/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/18/2008 08/21/2008 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202014619Event: 02/20/2008Employee Is Struck And Killed By Tree
On February 20, 2008, Employee #1 was cutting down a tree. The company normally performs various landscaping activities. On occasion, they cut down trees. In this case they were on site to cut down two trees for a customer for whom they normally performed traditional landscaping services. One tree was cut down without incident. It was apparent that a notch was not used on that tree. The second tree was being cut when a fatal accident occurred. Employee #1 climbed a ladder and tied himself in the tree between two leads. As he was making a single continuous straight cut up and away from him in one of the leads, the lead broke free and struck him in the torso. It was apparent that a notch was not used in cutting this tree either. Both trees had diameters greater than 5 inches where they were cut. It was apparent that the nonuse of a notch was in direct violation of Section 8.5.14 of ANSI Z133.1- 2006, Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations. A proper notch with a backcut would have created a hinge that would have most likely prevented the tree from falling into Employee #1.
Keywords: tree felling, chain saw, ladder, torso, tree, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311281950 Fatality Fracture Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm

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