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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126166164 - Pacific Bell

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera


Inspection Nr: 126166164
Report ID: 0950642
Date Opened: 08/09/2000

Site Address:
Pacific Bell
124 S Orange St
Glendale, CA 91204

Mailing Address:
1971 Irvine Bl, Tustin, CA 92780

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 01/19/2001

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 11/15/2001

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362612335
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $24,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $24,750
Current Penalty $18,270 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,270
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 3278 E04 01/23/2001 02/09/2001 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -  
2. 02001 Serious 3278 E05 01/23/2001 02/09/2001 $270 $6,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201054343
Event: 07/25/2000
Employee Injured In Fall From Rolling Ladder

A communication technician in the central office of a telecommunications company was running jumpers and connecting dial tones on the main frame in the facility. The supervisor would give job orders for connecting new lines to the technicians so that they could run the jumpers and connect the dial tones. It took two employees working as a team to run jumpers. An employee on one side would hook the jumper to the circuit and feed the jumper through a hole. The second employee, from the other side, would grab the jumper and connect it to the circuit board on that side. Each telephone line had a specific position on the frame. Employees would use a rolling ladder to reach higher positions. On the day of the accident, the communication technician was standing on a rolling ladder reaching into the frame to catch a jumper from another employee. The ladder moved, and the employee lost her balance and fell 1.2 meters to the floor. She fractured her left wrist, which struck a metal frame in her fall. She was hospitalized with a compound fracture and dislocated left wrist. The ladder had moved because of a broken locking mechanism at the top of the ladder. Rubber rings on the brake pads of that ladder and others at the site were worn out. Consequently, the brakes on those ladders would not function properly.

Keywords:fracture, brake, telecom work, inadequate maint, ladder, equipment failure, fall, wrist

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126166164 Hospitalized injury Fracture Electrical and electronic technicians
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