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Freeman Reservoir tree felling fatality, 72-hour report & OSHA citation — June, 2009
Andrew Palmer Fatality, Dutch Creek Incident, — June, 2008
U.S. Department of Labor
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
Inspection Number: 313410839
Inspection Dates: 06/29/2009 - 10/01/2009
Issuance Date: 10/09/2009
Notice of Unsafe or Unhealthful Working Conditions
Bureau of Land Management
Inspection Site: Freeman Reservoir Campground, Craig, CO 81625
Citation 1 Item 1 Type of Violation: Serious
29 CFR 1910.266 (h)(2)(ii) Before each tree is felled, conditions such as, but not limited to, snow and ice
accumulation, the wind, the lean of tree, dead limbs, and the location of other trees, shall be evaluated by the
feller and precautions taken so a hazard is not created for an employee.
At the Freeman Reservoir Campground in Moffat County, Colorado, the BLM did not conduct an adequate evaluation concerning the lean of the tree and its location in relation to other trees.
At the Freeman Reservoir Campground in Moffat County, Colorado, the evaluation conducted by the BLM did not provide for changing conditions.
Abatement Note: Non-emergency preplanned work areas will have written site specific risk assessments completed prior to tree felling or hazard tree removal operations.
Abatement Note: Abatement certification is required for this item (see enclosed "Sample Abatement Certification Letter").
|Date By Which Violation Must be Abated:
/s/ Herb Gibson