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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1488815.015 - Debest, Incorporated

Inspection Information - Office: Michigan Safety Cnst


Inspection Nr: 1488815.015
Report ID: 0552651
Date Opened: 08/19/2020

Site Address:
Debest, Incorporated
478 Lakeshore Dr.
South Haven, MI 49090

Mailing Address:
05264 C.R. 687, South Haven, MI 49090

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/02/2020

Emphasis: S:Construction

Case Closed: 07/12/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1646632
Inspection 1494547 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $8,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,400
Current Penalty $8,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,400
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 408.40114(1) 11/20/2020 12/02/2020 $700 $700 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 01002 Serious 408.40932(4) 11/20/2020 12/02/2020 $700 $700 $0 Z - Issued  
3. 01003 Serious 408.40941(1) 11/20/2020 $3,500 $3,500 $0 Z - Issued  
4. 01004 Serious 408.40932(1) 11/20/2020 12/02/2020 $3,500 $3,500 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 128765.015
Event: 08/19/2020
Worker Is Killed In Collapse Of Excavation Walls

At 9:00 a.m. on August 19, 2020, an employee was working as a construction labor er for a landscaping service. He and some coworkers were working in an excavatio n. They were installing 150-millimeter (6-inch) drain line for an underground ut ilities project. The excavation had been dug by their foreman, who operated the equipment. The excavation was approximately 8.2 meters (27 feet) in length by 3. 7 meters (12 feet) in depth. The angle of repose was approximately 88 to 90 degr ees on the north, south, and east sides. Soil conditions consisted of sand mixed with clay and some gravel, with previously excavated material, consisting of va rying levels of sand and clay, mixed in at different depths. Fissures developed in the excavation walls as the depth of the excavation increased. The workers di d not immediately report the hazardous condition of the excavation walls, as non e of them recognized the hazard associated with changing soil conditions. No acc ident prevention program had been developed or coordinated with the workers. The foreman and equipment operator was working at the jobsite and was in direct and plain view of the workers exposed to the excavation collapse hazard. The near-v ertical walls collapsed onto the employee. He suffered multiple severe injuries, and he was asphyxiated by being buried under excavated materials. He was killed . At one place, the account says that he was hospitalized, so he might have died after being removed from the collapse.

Keywords:asphyxiated, buried, caught between, caught in, collapse, construction, drain pipe, equipment operator, excavation, landscaping, training, trench, unstable soil, wall

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1488815.015 Fatality Construction laborers
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