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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 103507315 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 06/03/1993 ReportingID: 0522300

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:5 Contest Date:06/14/1993
Abatement Date:06/08/1993 I Nr Exposed:5 Final Order:05/09/1994
Initial Penalty: $1,875.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $1,875.00 Gravity:03 Haz Category:CRUSHING

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 06/03/1993 $1,875.00 06/08/1993 Serious  
Penalty F: Formal Settlement 05/09/1994 $1,875.00 06/08/1993 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard: CRUSHING

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to: On March 19, 1993, employees at 29756 Route 30 West, were subjected to the hazards of either being struck by the tree trunk or being caught between the tree trunk and the stump and/or ground resulting in fractures, crushing of body parts, multiple internal injuries or death due to the inadvertent falling of the tree trunk while felling and/or moving about in the work area. Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable method to correct the hazard is to follow ANSI Z133.1 - 1988 National Standard Safety Requirement of Tree Care Operations - Pruning, Trimming, Repairing, Maintaining, and Removing Trees, and Cutting Brush - Safety Requirements, Section 8 - Safe Work Procedures, Part 8.5 - Felling. (a) Before beginning any felling operations, carefully consider the tree and surrounding area for anything that may cause trouble when the tree falls, the shape and lean of the tree, wind force and direction, decayed or other weak spots and the location of other persons. (b) Each tree worker shall be instructed as to exactly what he/she is to do. Keep all workers not directly involved in the felling operations clear of the work area (to include the area the tree could fall). (c) The depth or penetration of the notch shall be about one-third the diameter of the tree. (d) The opening or height of the notch shall be about 2 1/2 inches (63.5 mm) for each foot (0.3 meter) of the tree's diameter.

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