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Inspection: 116218082 - Appalachian Power Company - Phillip Sporn Plant

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston


Inspection Nr: 116218082
Report ID: 0316400
Date Opened: 02/02/2001

Site Address:
Appalachian Power Company - Phillip Sporn Plant
Route 33
New Haven, WV 25265

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 389, New Haven, WV 25265

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 02/07/2001


Case Closed: 04/20/2001

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 361974066
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $9,000 $0 $0 $0 $9,000 $18,000
Current Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $4,500 $9,000
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001A Serious 19100132 A 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $4,500 $4,500 $0 -  
2. 01001B Serious 19100132 D01 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
3. 01002A Serious 19100132 F01 I 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $0 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
4. 01002B Serious 19100132 F01 III 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
5. 01003A Unclass 19100146 C01 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $4,500 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
6. 01003B Unclass 19100146 C02 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 -  
7. 01004 Unclass 19100146 D01 03/09/2001 03/28/2001 $0 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200630648
Event: 02/01/2001
Employee Fell From Smokestack

An employee was designated as a temporary supervisor during a power plant outage. He went into a vent that exhausted into a smokestack to measure the vent's dimensions. Although he was working approximately 21 meters above the bottom of the smokestack, he was not using any form of fall protection. He went too close to the edge, where the vent joined the smokestack, and fell to the bottom of the smokestack. He died of injuries sustained in the accident. The employer had not identified the vent area as a permit-required confined space or performed a hazard assessment of the work area. Additionally, other employees and supervisors had in the past worked in the vent without using fall arrest equipment.

Keywords:confined space, work rules, elec utility work, fall, fall protection, chimney

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 116218082 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
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