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Inspection: 120278783 - G F Whillock Grading

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego


Inspection Nr: 120278783
Report ID: 0950632
Open Date: 05/23/2000

Site Address:
G F Whillock Grading
Lone Jack Rd & Wildflower Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024

Mailing Address:
1298 Distribution Way, Vista, CA 92083

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/16/2000

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction


Close Case:02/22/2010

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362415408
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $27,900 $0 $0 $350 $0 $28,250
Current Penalty $14,400 $0 $0 $760 $0 $15,160
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 1512 B 11/17/2000 12/07/2000 $175 $175 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 1509 C 11/17/2000 12/07/2000 $175 $175 $0 -  
3. 02001 Other 1596 B 11/17/2000 12/07/2000 $410 $6,300 $0 01/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement  
4. 03001 Serious 1591 C 11/17/2000 12/07/2000 $14,400 $21,600 $0 01/06/2001 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201063310
Event: 05/23/2000
Employee Injured In Bulldozer Rollover After Brakes Fail

Employee #1 was on his second day of work for G.F. Whillock Grading when he was assigned by the foreman to check and familiarize himself with the grading equipment in the middle of a residential lot that needed to be leveled. Employee #1 had never operated a rubber-tired dozer before and, as he checked over the equipment, he noticed that the brakes were not responding and were not stopping the vehicle. He reported this to the foreman and to the mechanic, but they told him that they knew the brakes were bad and to drag the bucket to stop the dozer. Employee #1 was working near an embankment at the edge of the lot when the brakes failed and he could not stop the dozer from going over the edge. The vehicle flipped over on top of him, pinning and crushing him. Employee #1 suffered a fractured left shoulder and a concussion; he was transported by the fire department to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, where his spleen was removed and he underwent surgery to fuse vertebral discs in his back.

Keywords:embankment, shoulder, inadequate maint, construction, earthmoving equip, equipment failure, inexperience, bulldozer, concussion, overturn

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120278783 Hospitalized injury Fracture Excavating and loading machine operators
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