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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 313014714 - D&S Tree Service, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Fairview Heights

Nr: 313014714Report ID: 0524530Open Date: 02/16/2010

D&S Tree Service, Inc.
15100 Eastland Road
Marion, IL 62959
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 10619 Mitchell Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/14/2010
Close Case:11/23/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100842442    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $2,100 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $3,600
Current Penalty $2,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,100
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100147 C01 06/21/2010 08/16/2010 $2,100 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100212 A01 06/21/2010 06/25/2010 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02001 Other 19040039 A 06/21/2010 06/24/2010 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200841864Event: 02/11/2010Employee Is Struck By Wood Chipper Part, Dies
At approximately 11:30 a.m. on February 11, 2010, Employee #1, employed by D&S Tree Service, Inc., was at a tree-trimming job at a residential house, using a wood chipper (Brush Bandit Model Number 200 +) to chip small diameter branches of Bradford Pear limbs. The chipper was parked on the roadway. The chipper's discharge chute clogged up. While attempting to unclog the chute, Employee #1 removed the pin that held the access/guard panel down over the chipper wheel. The chipper wheel had not come to a complete stop and was still rotating. The chipper wheel weighed 1,500 pounds and when in operation rotated at 3,000 r.p.m. While Employee #1 was moving the guard, it came into contact with the chipper wheel. The guard was knocked off its hinges and struck Employee #1 and landed 20 yards away from the machine. Employee #1 was hit in the face and forehead with the access/guard panel. Another employee told the resident of the house to call 911. An ambulance was sent to the location. Employee #1 was transported to the local hospital, where he died. The other employee onsite at the time was on the opposite side of the wood chipper machine and did not see the event.
Keywords: wheel, panel, guard, work rules, forehead, chipper, clogged, struck by, face, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313014714 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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