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Inspection: 315173674 - Asplundh Tree Expert Company

Inspection Information - Office: Cincinnati

Nr: 315173674Report ID: 0522000Open Date: 12/20/2010

Asplundh Tree Expert Company
Rail Road Right Of Way 400 Block E. State St
Trenton, OH 45067
Union Status: Union
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 460 Industrial Parkway, Richmond, IN 47374

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/21/2010
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/11/2011
Emphasis: S:Struck-By

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/07/2011 03/07/2011 $5,000 $7,000 $0 03/25/2011 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201956257Event: 12/20/2010Employee Is Killed When Struck By Train
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on December 20, 2010, Employee #1, an employee of Asplundh Tree Expert Company, was carrying a chain saw, rope and other equipment across a 367 ft long railroad trestle bridge. Earlier, two crews were dispatched to project "Trenton 46 map", to remove additional trees and brush posing an outage hazard to utility lines. To get to the designated work location, the crews had to cross Elk Creek. Outside frigid temperatures kept the creek partially frozen. With concerns that crossing the creek would be unsafe, the crews decided it would be safer to use the trestle bridge to cross the creek. Employee #1 was approximately 75 ft across the trestle bridge, when a southbound CSX locomotive rounded a blind corner of the track. Employee #1 saw the train and turned back and ran toward the south end of the trestle bridge. The train conductor was unable to stop the 46 car train. Employee #1 was struck by the train and was killed.
Keywords: rail, agriculture, locomotive, railroad track, struck by, bridge, train, railroad
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315173674 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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