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Region 10 News Release: 11-1715-SEA (11-282)
Dec. 27, 2011
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-757-6730
Email: lupton.jeannine@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites The Davey Tree Surgery Co.
for safety violations after worker fatality at Idaho City, Idaho, job site

BOISE, Idaho – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Livermore, Calif.-based utility service contractor, The Davey Tree Surgery Co., for alleged workplace safety violations after a worker was killed at an Idaho City job site in June. The company is part of Kent, Ohio-based The Davey Tree Expert Co.

"In this case, the employer failed to adhere to safe practices, which resulted in the death of an employee when he was struck by a falling tree," said Dean Ikeda, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "The hazardous nature of tree clearing operations requires that employers take an aggressive and comprehensive stance toward workplace safety."

OSHA has issued one citation for serious violations involving failing to have adequate first-aid supplies, ensure that workers maintain a safe distance from trees being felled, evaluate the work area prior to the tree being felled, provide training for tool and equipment use, and provide training for determining tree length. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

One other-than-serious violation has been cited for failing to report the fatality to OSHA within eight hours and to use the agency's toll-free hotline to report the incident after hours. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

This employee fatality was the company's second in 2011. The first fatality occurred in Pennsylv