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Inspection: 119625713 - Pacific Coast Steel, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office


Inspection Nr: 119625713
Report ID: 0950615
Date Opened: 02/19/2003

Site Address:
Pacific Coast Steel, Inc.
Hwy.1 South Of Ft. Bragg & Noyo Harbor Bridge
Fort Bragg, CA 95437

Mailing Address:
7155 Mission Gorge Road, San Diego, CA 92120

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 238120/Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/20/2003

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Case Closed: 04/24/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 361598147
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
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. 01001 Serious 1712 F 04/17/2003 04/22/2003 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 170842561
Event: 02/19/2003
One Employee Killed, Another Injured When Struck By Column

On February 19, 2003, Employee #1, a foreman, and Employee #2, were positioned at the 108-ft level of the 123-ft tall bridge support column under construction in order to re-position one of the guy cables installed by the employer to stabilize the column. The column was installed using 57-mm vertical bars hooked with 1-in. rings with concrete-poured to approximately the 60-ft level. When Employee #1 removed the wire rope guy at the top of the structure and began pulling on the rope still attached to its anchor, the column began to sway, went out of plumb, and collapsed in a matter of seconds. It bent in half where the vertical bars were imbedded in the concrete poor portion of the column. Employee #2 was killed upon impact with ground and moving 1-in. rebar rings. Employee #1 was able to escape serious injury by repositioning himself on the structure as it collapsed. He sustained bruises, contusions, and abrasions.

Keywords:rebar, wire rope, collapse, column, construction, abrasion, struck by, bridge, contusion

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119625713 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors, n.e.c.
2 119625713 Fatality Fracture Structural metal workers
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