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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 315850198 - Decker Forest Products Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Syracuse

Nr: 315850198Report ID: 0215800Open Date: 12/06/2011

Decker Forest Products Inc.
1287 County Highway 3
Unadilla, NY 13849
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2411/Logging
NAICS: 113310/Logging
Mailing: Po Box 205 Nys Rte 8 North, Sydney, NY 13838

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/06/2011
Emphasis: L:Logging, S:LoggingClose Case:03/26/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100882489    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
Current Penalty $3,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100266 D03 II 01/31/2012 02/18/2012 $1,000 $2,800 $0 02/20/2012 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002 Serious 19100266 H01 VI 01/31/2012 02/18/2012 $2,500 $3,500 $0 02/20/2012 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200881910Event: 12/05/2011Employee Is Killed When Struck By Tree
On December 5, 2011, Employee #1, of Decker Forest Products Incorporated, had cut an 83 ft tall hard maple tree that had been set back onto the stump. Another coworker, the bulldozer operator, used a bulldozer to push the tree over. Employee #1 and the bulldozer operator discussed the yarding sequence and then the dozer operator drove off. Employee #1 walked towards the top of the felled tree. While walking, a 48 ft dead Black Birch tree fell and struck Employee #1, killing him. It was determined that the bulldozer operator had driven over the exposed root system of the Black Birch, and that he let the bulldozer idle in front of the tree. Also, this tree was considered a dangerous tree and was not avoided or removed prior to felling operations. In addition, there were numerous other examples of dangerous trees in the woods that were not being managed properly.
Keywords: yarding, tree felling, inadequate maint, work rules, tree, struck by, bulldozer
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315850198 Fatality Fracture Timber cutting and logging occupations

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