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Inspection: 314325044 - Dustin Waraner Dba Waraner Tree Experts

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Concord

Nr: 314325044Report ID: 0950622Open Date: 10/07/2010

Dustin Waraner Dba Waraner Tree Experts
47 Castille Court
Danville, CA 94526
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: P.O. Box 1052, Clayton, CA 94517

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/19/2010
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:05/13/2016
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $2,500 $0 $2,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 10/19/2010 11/21/2010 $2,500 $5,000 $0 10/27/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202507893Event: 04/20/2010Employee Suffers Multiple Injuries In Fall From Tree
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on April 20, 2010, Employee #1 began trimming trees at a residence in the backyard, along with two other coworkers. At approximately 9:00 a.m., Employee #1 was situated in a large hedge and approximately 8 feet above ground level. Employee #1 finished anchoring to a selected branch, or used one anchor point to the saddle being worn to prevent falling, instead of the standard two anchor points suggested by their employer. Employee #1 proceeded to use a pole pruner to prune branches in the hedge, but as Employee #1 leaned forward to make a cut, the branch he was anchored to broke, resulting in Employee #1 falling forward head first onto a stone retaining wall, before landing another few feet onto the ground just beyond the retaining wall. When Employee #1 fell, his back struck a mason stone, causing a fracture of the T-9 Thoracic vertebrae and a fracture of the sternum. A coworker called 911, and the San Ramon Valley Fire Department arrived on scene at approximately 9:39 a.m., where Employee #1 received emergency medical services, and was then transported to John Muir Hospital Trauma Center, arriving there at approximately 10:21 a.m. The Division (Concord District Office) was notified of the accident at approximately 11:20 a.m. on April 20, 2010, by the San Ramon Valley Fire Department.
Keywords: anchor, chest, tree pruner, fracture, ppe, tree, fall, fall protection, vertebra, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314325044 Hospitalized injury Fracture Forestry workers, except logging

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