The Davey Tree Expert Company was cited for putting their employees and others at risk. This citation stems from the death of a Davey employee in June 2014. The man killed was trimming trees and removing vegetation from a worksite located in Claysburg, PA when a utility vehicle (UTV) rolled over him. He later died from his injuries.
The Occupational Statewide Health Administration (OSHA) found that the employer willfully put the employee and others at risk by operating their UTV outside of manufacturer’s safety guidelines. The manufacturer imposed a 15-degree slope limit for safe operation of the UTV, while Davey Tree Co. was operating the vehicle on a 20-degree slope.
Not the First Violation for Davey
In July 2012, in Central Pennsylvania, an incident occurred involving the rollover of a UTV being used by The Davey Tree Expert Co. Davey Tree admitted they had exceeded the UTV’s slope limits and acknowledged the hazard of operating the vehicle on steep or rugged terrain. Pittsburgh OSHA Director Christopher Robinson stated "Even with this knowledge, Davey Tree continued to expose workers to dangerous rollovers and permitted UTV use on steep slopes."
Severe Violator Enforcement Program
OSHA placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program for this willful violation. Willful violations are defined as being executed with intentional, voluntary or knowing disregard for requirements of law, or without regard to employee health & safety.
The SVEP program was designed to apply harsher punishments to companies that have a history of putting their workers at risk. It includes higher fines and more frequent inspections, and being put on the list has put multiple negligent companies out of business (and rightfully so).
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the tree trimmer who was tragically killed, and we hope his loved ones can eventually get justice for their profound loss.
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