OSHA Fines Landscaping Company $9,000 after Worker Dies

An implement used to collect and dump grass clippings was not approved by the manufacturer for the equipment to which it was attached.

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A Boise, Idaho landscaping company was fined $9,054 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for an accident on Boise’s Hewlett Packard (HP) campus that killed 65-year-old Antonio Barroso Garcia of Nampa, Idaho.

OSHA cited Trautman Lawn & Landscape Company on July 31 with a “serious” violation, setting an abatement deadline for August 24. Garcia died May 23 at the former HP complex, between buildings six and seven, at 11311 Chinden Boulevard.

According to the citation, employees were operating a John Deere 5525 tractor with a 553 loader that had an implement attached to collect grass clippings. The clipping weight was about 200 to 300 pounds and the implement, described by OSHA as “aftermarket fabricated metal bins” used to collect and dump grass clippings, was not designed or approved by the manufacturer.

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor said that the employer then requested a meeting and OSHA agreed to amend the citation language, but the penalty was not reduced. An informal settlement between OSHA and Trautman Lawn & Landscape Company was signed August 27.

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