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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1366766.015 - Hydro Conduit, Llc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office


Inspection Nr: 1366766.015
Report ID: 0950615
Date Opened: 12/17/2018

Site Address:
Hydro Conduit, Llc.
385 Tower Road
American Canyon, CA 94503

Mailing Address:
385 Tower Road, American Canyon, CA 94503

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 327332/Concrete Pipe Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/05/2019


Case Closed: 02/19/2020

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1408473
Case Status: CLOSED
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 $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
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 3203(A) 06/05/2019 $5,000 $18,000 $0 06/17/2019 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 116837.015
Event: 12/11/2018
Employee Fractures Leg When Struck By Sledgehammer

At 9:30 a.m. on December 11, 2018, an employee was working as a laborer for a fi rm that manufactured concrete pipe. He had worked for the firm for about 11.5 ye ars. The firm employed about 900 people, with some 13 employees working at a pip e plant. The incident occurred in a pit at the plant. The employee was using a 4 pound (1.8 kg) sledgehammer to clean concrete residue from around a broken bolt in a Turmac core base in preparation of replacing the bolt. His supervisor had instructed him to prepare the area around the bolt while the supervisor went to get a replacement bolt. The core base was at knee height. Although the superviso r considered that it would be safer working on the bolt with it at waist height, raising the equipment would have required undoing the lockout/tagout of the sys tem. Thus the supervisor decided to leave the Turmac core base at the level it w as at when the bolt was found. The employee had a choice of tools for removing t he concrete residue, including the sledgehammer, a pneumatic needling gun, and a pneumatic chisel. The employee used an overstrike with the sledgehammer. The sl edgehammer glanced off the concrete material on the core base and struck the emp loyee's left shin. He suffered a fracture to his lower left leg. He was transpor ted to a hospital. He was hospitalized for more than 24 hours. The incident occu rred after the employer had launched an initiative to remove all unnecessary sle dgehammers from its manufacturing facilities to reduce the injury rate. The empl oyer had issued a directive that there was no need to use a sledgehammer in the pit, and that the use of a sledgehammer there required the plant manager's appro val. The plant manager had conducted a survey to identify and remove unnecessary sledgehammers from the plant. The manager had not approved the use of a sledgeh ammer in the pit. The supervisor was aware of the survey and directive but chose not to turn in the pit sledgehammer, thinking it should stay for some tasks.

Keywords:bolt, concrete, equipment failure, fracture, hand tool, injury illness prevention program, leg, lockout, lockout/tagout, maintenance, struck against, training, work rules

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1366766.015 Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction
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