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Case Status: OPEN

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Inspection: 1495751.015 - Ventura Directional Drilling

Inspection Information - Office: Bakersfield District Office


Inspection Nr: 1495751.015
Report ID: 0950647
Open Date: 09/29/2020

Site Address:
Ventura Directional Drilling
Toro Creek Rd
Morro Bay, CA 93442

Mailing Address:
17902 East Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula, CA 93060

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/24/2021


Close Case:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1666296
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $47,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $47,250
Current Penalty $47,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $47,250
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 Serious 1509(A) 03/25/2021 04/06/2021 $15,750 $15,750 $0 05/03/2021 C - Contested  
2. 02001 Serious 3314(C) 03/25/2021 04/06/2021 $15,750 $15,750 $0 05/03/2021 C - Contested  
3. 03001 Serious 4001 03/25/2021 04/06/2021 $15,750 $15,750 $0 05/03/2021 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 130651.015
Event: 09/29/2020
Employee Is Killed When Entangled In Turning Pipe, Cable, An

At 11:00 a.m. on September 29, 2020, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, employ ed by a heavy construction company, were engaged in horizontal drilling in a tre nch as part of a water and sewer treatment plant construction project. They had finished drilling a 1,387-foot-long pilot drill and were using a larger diamete r reamer to push ream a larger hole. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 were breaking rods as Coworker #2 operated a Ditch Witch JT10 more than 1,380 feet away and ou t of sight of Employee #1 and Coworker #1. Coworker #2 turned off the drilling process without communicating to Employee # 1 and Coworker #1 that he had locked the drilling operation. Employee #1 placed hydraulic tongs on the drill pipe. Unaware of Employee #1's action, Coworker #2 turned on the drilling operation. The pipe began to turn, which caused the hydraulic hoses and the cables to catc h and wrap Employee #1 around the pipe. Employee #1 was killed.

Keywords:caught by, construction, drill pipe, entangled, hose, sewer, trench, water

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1495751.015 Fatality Operating engineers
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