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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119633816 - Powerhouse Building Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office


Inspection Nr: 119633816
Report ID: 0950615
Date Opened: 10/05/2004

Site Address:
Powerhouse Building Inc
9 Upper Ames Avenue
Ross, CA 94957

Mailing Address:
77 Mark Drive Suite 28, San Rafael, CA 94903

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 238130/Framing Contractors

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/08/2004

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Case Closed: 07/16/2007

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 361601404
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $600 $0 $18,600
Current Penalty $14,400 $0 $0 $600 $0 $15,000
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 Other 1709 D 11/15/2004 11/18/2004 $300 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Other 3203 B02 11/15/2004 12/15/2004 $300 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 02001 Serious 1640 C06 11/15/2004 12/01/2004 $0 $3,600 $0 12/09/2004 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
4. 03001 Serious 1640 C05 A 11/15/2004 11/18/2004 $14,400 $14,400 $0 12/09/2004 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 170765127
Event: 10/04/2004
Four Employees Injured In Fall From Scaffold

At approximately 4:45 p.m. on October 4, 2004, four employees were attempting to lift a 40-ft long, 5 in. by 14 in, parallam ridge beam and place it in hangers. The employees were constructing wood scaffolds at top plate level and put the beam up on the scaffolds, then stood on the garage end scaffold and tried to lift the beam up about 7 ft and put it in the hanger. The employees were using two 14-in. wide oriented strand board truss (OSB) joists as scaffold planks by laying them on their sides spanning 10 ft between plank and center support. On the third attempt to lift the beam, the two truss joists broke at the OSB's finger joints and the four employees and the beam fell. Employees #2 and #4 landed on a plywood floor 9.5 ft below, while Employees #1 and #3 fell 19 ft 10 in. and hit the basement slab. Employee #1 hit on his head and suffered a broken neck and head injuries. On November 3, 2004, he was admitted to a rehabilitation hospital. Employees #1 through #3 required emergency room treatment. On October 5, 2004, the accident was reported to DOSH by the local Fire Department at 7:55 a.m. and by the employer at 11:00 a.m.

Keywords:beam, head, joist, construction, scaffold collapse, neck, scaffold

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 119633816 Non Hospitalized injury Other Carpenter apprentices
2 119633816 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Carpenters
3 119633816 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenter apprentices
4 119633816 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Carpenter apprentices
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