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Inspection: 1508540.015 - Eastpointe, City Of

Inspection Information - Office: Michigan Safety Cnst


Inspection Nr: 1508540.015
Report ID: 0552651
Date Opened: 12/31/2020

Site Address:
Eastpointe, City Of
Gratiot Avenue And Hayes Road
Eastpointe, MI 48021

Mailing Address:
23200 Gratiot Avenue, Eastpointe, MI 48021

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 237310/ Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: LocalGovt

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 05/14/2021

Emphasis: N:Trench, S:Construction

Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1714923
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
Current Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
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 408.40114(1) 06/18/2021 06/28/2021 $7,000 $7,000 $0 11/02/2021 C - Contested  
2. 01002 Serious 408.40932(4) 06/18/2021 06/28/2021 $7,000 $7,000 $0 11/02/2021 C - Contested  
3. 01003 Serious 408.40941(1) 06/18/2021 06/28/2021 $7,000 $7,000 $0 11/02/2021 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 132127.015
Event: 12/30/2020
Foreman Is Killed When Excavation Collapses

At 6:15 p.m. on December 30, 2020, Employee #1 and coworkers, employed by a city , were working in an excavation at a sewer/water treatment plant and repairing a broken underground water main. Employee #1, the foreman, was directing the wor k, operating a backhoe, and working in the excavation. The excavation measured approximately 14 feet long by 14 feet wide and was 8 feet deep. The width at th e bottom of the excavation was approximately 4 feet. The pipe being repaired wa s a 12-inch water main, and the break was located approximately 1 to 2 feet from the excavation's north wall, which was near vertical and unshored. The water m ain had been leaking for several hours, and the north wall consisted of a satura ted mix of clay and sand. According to later statements from coworkers, the for eman had approximately ten minutes of work left to complete the repair when the north wall broke off and fell on top of him, pinning him face down in the mud. The pump in use to control the flow of water became clogged in the collapse, and the excavation quickly filled up with water. Coworkers estimated that the fore man was submerged for approximately 10 minutes before emergency medical services arrived on scene. Employee #1, the foreman, was killed in the excavation cave- in.

Keywords:asphyxiated, blunt force trauma, buried, caught in, construction, excavation, injury illness prevention program, pinned, shoring, structural collapse, unguarded, unprotected, untrained, wall

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1508540.015 Fatality Construction laborers
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