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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1486438.015 - Mcs Communication, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa


Inspection Nr: 1486438.015
Report ID: 0751910
Date Opened: 08/03/2020

Site Address:
Mcs Communication, Llc
Lincoln And Main
Pella, IA 50219

Mailing Address:
4241 Stough Road, Concord, NC 28027

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/03/2020

Emphasis: N:Trench

Case Closed: 02/10/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1635755
Inspection 1486460 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $15,912 $0 $0 $319 $0 $16,231
Current Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $250 $0 $12,250
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 19260021 B02 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $3,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002A Serious 19260416 A02 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $6,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 01002B Serious 19260416 A03 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $0 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 01004 Serious 19260651 B03 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $3,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
5. 02001A Other 19040029 B01 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $250 $319 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
6. 02001B Other 19040029 B04 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
7. 02001C Other 19040040 A 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 128261.015
Event: 08/01/2020
Two Employees Are Killed When Underground Power Line Explode

At 8:30 a.m. on August 1, 2020, Employees #1, #2, and #3, employed by a electric al services company in the telecommunications field, were working on a multi-emp loyer construction project at the intersection of two streets. They were pothol ing to locate underground utility lines, with the aim to then bore in a new fibe r optic line under the intersection. After finding what they thought was over-p our from the concrete curb, they used a Ring-o-matic Vacuum Excavator to excavat e over top of the concrete. They then used a jackhammer on the concrete. The j ackhammer bit made contact with a 12,470-volt underground electrical distributio n line, and an electric arc explosion occurred. Employees #1 and #2 were killed by electrocution. Employee #3, who was knocked down by the force of the explos ion, was transported to the hospital, where he was observed, determined to have no injuries, and released.

Keywords:concrete, construction, contact, drill, electric arc, electric current, electrocuted, excavation, excavator, explosion, installing, jackhammer, optical fiber cable, power lines, undrgrd installation, undrgrd power l

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1486438.015 Fatality Construction Laborer
2 1486438.015 Fatality Construction Laborer
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