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Inspection: 1415096.015 - J.T. Thorpe & Sons, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Process Safety Management Unit - South


Inspection Nr: 1415096.015
Report ID: 0950672
Open Date: 07/11/2019

Site Address:
J.T. Thorpe & Sons, Inc.
3700 W 19th Street
Torrance, CA 90504

Mailing Address:
14540 Alondra Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 238990/All Other Specialty Trade Contractors

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/11/2019


Close Case:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1475123
Inspection 1415121 Yes
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3 6
Current Violations 3 3 6
Initial Penalty $68,000 $0 $0 $1,495 $0 $69,495
Current Penalty $68,000 $0 $0 $1,495 $0 $69,495
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 3203(B)(1) 12/04/2019 12/19/2019 $375 $375 $0 12/11/2019 C - Contested  
2. 01002 Other 3395(H)(1) 12/04/2019 12/19/2019 $935 $935 $0 12/11/2019 C - Contested  
3. 01003 Other 5157(G)(4) 12/04/2019 12/19/2019 $185 $185 $0 12/11/2019 C - Contested  
4. 02001 Serious 3203(A)(7)(C) 12/04/2019 12/19/2019 $18,000 $18,000 $0 12/11/2019 C - Contested  
5. 03001 Serious 3203(A)(7)(D) 12/04/2019 12/19/2019 $25,000 $25,000 $0 12/11/2019 C - Contested  
6. 04001 Serious 3328(A) 12/04/2019 12/19/2019 $25,000 $25,000 $0 12/11/2019 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 117915.015
Event: 07/11/2019
Employee Is Struck And Killed When Jack Stand Fails

At 3:15 p.m. on July 11, 2019, Employee #1, a boilermaker, and two coworkers, em ployed by a refractory services company, were working at a multiemployer constru ction project, a refinery's tank farm. They were performing maintenance and rep airs to a tank's interior floating roof and bottom. They made use of an employe d-designed and fabricated jack stand to lift the floating roof inside the tank. The jack stand, which had not been designed to withstand the forces involved in lifting the floating roof, broke. The jack stand's metal top plate, which meas ured 24 inches by 24 inches and weighed approximately 50 pounds, struck Employee #1's face. Employee #1 sustained traumatic injuries to his face and was killed . The subsequent investigation determined that the employees had not been train ed to use the lifting system. In addition, there were no employer records of em ployees having been trained to work in permit-required confined spaces or enviro nments where exposure to heat-related illness could be reasonably anticipated, s uch as the interior of the tank where they were working when Employee #1 was kil led.

Keywords:confined space, construction, equipment failure, face, installing, jack, maintenance, repair, roof, struck by, tank, untrained

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1415096.015 Fatality Machinery maintenance occupations
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