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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 314818139 - Hentges Tree Service, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: St. Louis

Nr: 314818139Report ID: 0729300Open Date: 08/10/2010

Hentges Tree Service, Inc.
1739 County Rd. 230
Fulton, MO 65251
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 5905 Old Lohman Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/18/2010
Emphasis: L:Elecgi, L:Xfallelec, S:ElectricalClose Case:09/26/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $35,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $35,000
Current Penalty $19,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100067 C02 V 11/18/2010 12/07/2010 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100132 A 11/18/2010 12/07/2010 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100269 C 11/18/2010 12/07/2010 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 19100269 R01 I 11/18/2010 12/07/2010 $0 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100269 R01 V 11/18/2010 12/07/2010 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200012870Event: 08/09/2010Employee Is Electrocuted When Chainsaw Contacts Power Line
On August 9, 2010, Employee #1, a 30-year-old tree service company worker, was trimming tree limbs away the service feed (power line) going into a customer's home. While in the basket of the truck-mounted aerial lift, at 25 feet above ground, Employee #1 pulled the chain saw out of the cradle holding it. The chain saw made contact with the energized power line, and Employee #1 was immediately electrocuted. Once the basket of the lift was lowered to the ground, a fellow tree trimmer tried CPR. However, attempts to resuscitate Employee #1 were unsuccessful. Reportedly, Employee #1was dead when EMS (emergency medial services) personnel and the coroner arrived at the accident scene. Weather conditions were extremely hot but favorable on the day of the accident. The temperature was 95 degrees, with a heat index factor of 105 degrees (apparently Fahrenheit). The sky was clear, and no wind was blowing.
Keywords: overhead power line, cpr, chain saw, electrocuted, electric shock, tree trimming, aerial lift
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314818139 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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