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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 549980.015 - Manny'S Tree Service

Inspection Information - Office: Harrisburg

Nr: 549980.015Report ID: 0316700Open Date: 07/31/2012

Manny'S Tree Service
448 Shartlesville Road
Bernville, PA 19506
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 923 Sheerlund Rd, Reading, PA 19605

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/14/2012
Close Case:03/20/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident479150 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $13,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,800
Current Penalty $8,970 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,970
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 01/25/2013 02/21/2013 $4,550 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100132 D01 01/25/2013 02/21/2013 $1,300 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100132 H01 01/25/2013 02/21/2013 $1,300 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100135 A01 01/25/2013 02/21/2013 $1,820 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 23495.015Event: 07/31/2012Employee Is Struck By Swinging Limb During Tree Trimming Ope
At approximately 10:15 a.m. on July 31, 2012, Employee #1, a coworker and the employer were dismantling a tree in the yard of a private residence. The employer was cutting limbs from the top of an 80 ft oak tree. Employee #1 and a coworker were at the base of the tree. Employee #1 was operating the belay system for lowering the severed limbs and the coworker was in the prepping area and waiting to cut up the lowered limbs. The employer was sectioning a 15 ft long and 7 in. thick limb at the 70 ft section of the tree. There was an excess amount of slack in the rope being used to lower the limb. When the limb was cut, the limb fell several feet before being caught by the rope causing the limb to swing and rotate in a pendulum motion. The limb swung in the direction of Employee #1, and the belay operator, who was located approximately 2.5 ft from the base of the tree, striking him in the neck and collapsing on top of him. Employee #1 was killed and sustained fractures to his neck vertebrae and skull and lacerations to his arm, shoulder, neck and head.
Keywords: tree trimming, struck by, falling object, neck, tree limb, crushing
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 549980.015 Fatality Cut/Laceration Laborers, except construction

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