A Pennsylvania tree service company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after a teenage worker died from injuries sustained in a chipping incident.
OSHA said Monday it issued citations for 10 serious violations to Schnecksville, Pennsylvania-based Adam’s Tree Service, which also does business as Adam’s Tree Removal and Trimming, Adam’s Tree and Adam Construction Excavator LLC. The agency proposed a fine of $124,987.
The citations were in response to the death of a 17-year-old worker, who suffered fatal injuries after being pulled into a wood chipper at a job site in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on April 9, 2022.
OSHA said the company violated federal child labor laws when it allowed the teenager to operate the chipper, failed to train workers on how to safely use the chipper, failed to provide first aid training to staff, failed to ensure employees used personal protective equipment and failed to have fire extinguishers in the workplaces.
The company has 15 days to contest the referrals.