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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126193440 - Urban Builders Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles


Inspection Nr: 126193440
Report ID: 0950641
Date Opened: 12/21/2006

Site Address:
Urban Builders Inc
727 W. Seventh St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Mailing Address:
660 S. Figueroa St., Ste. 2450, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 236118/Residential Remodelers

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 12/27/2006

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Case Closed: 10/06/2012

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101165546
Accident 101165652
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3 6
Current Violations 3 2 5
Initial Penalty $33,750 $0 $0 $1,370 $0 $35,120
Current Penalty $21,600 $0 $0 $700 $0 $22,300
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 341 D05 03/29/2007 01/30/2007 $500 $685 $0 04/18/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01002 Other 1509 A 03/29/2007 05/01/2007 $200 $275 $0 04/18/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
3. 01003 Other 3668 F 03/29/2007 05/01/2007 $0 $410 $0 04/18/2007 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
4. 02001 Serious 15410001 A01 03/29/2007 04/12/2007 $3,600 $4,950 $0 04/18/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
5. 03001 Serious 1596 A01 03/29/2007 04/12/2007 $14,400 $14,400 $0 04/18/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
6. 04001 Serious 3650 T 03/29/2007 04/12/2007 $3,600 $14,400 $0 04/18/2007 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201168507
Event: 12/21/2006
Employee Is Killed When Crushed In Excavator Tip Over

On December, 21, 2006, Employee #1, of Urban Builders, Inc., was doing construction-related work in the basement of an existing multi-story office building that was undergoing adaptive re-use remodeling. The office building was a 12-story high-rise with two subterranean parking levels on the east side and four on the west side. It was being converted into new single-family condominium units. The conversion process also included seismic retrofit, which included enlarging the existing column foundations for new shear walls and braces. These column foundations were from 10 feet to over 20 feet below the concrete floor slab. Excavations were made in the west side sub-basement area around the column foundations to expose the footings. Employee #1 was operating a Bobcat brand compact excavator and was working in unison with another worker who was operating a Gradall brand industrial forklift. The workers were using the equipment to jointly place a 6 feet high by 16 feet long aluminum trench box into the excavation that was 12 feet deep by 15 feet wide. The employer explained that the excavator's roll-over protection had been removed because the 92.9-inch high vehicle could not clear the 88-inch high ceiling of the first subterranean parking level. However, the height of the second subterranean parking level, where the employees were working, was 133 inches throughout. The employer did not know why the roll-over protection was not reinstalled after the excavator was brought down to the second sub-level. The excavator was parked parallel to the excavation and was on a flat level surface. The boom and bucket were positioned over the side of the excavator (to the left of the operator) and there was a column just behind the operator's seat. The shoring was attached to the tooth of the bucket with a chain sling and to the industrial forklift with another chain sling. As the shoring was lowered into the excavation, the excavator tipped over and Employee #1 was crushed between the excavator and the column.

Keywords:trench box, installing, roll-over, machine operator, rops, construction, crushed, industrial truck, excavator

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126193440 Fatality Other Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators
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