Inspection: 1637074.015 - Total-Western, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office
20720 S Wilmington
Long Beach, CA 90810
6242 N Paramount Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90805
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 236220/Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Inspection Type: Fat/Cat
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 03/28/2023
Case Closed: 03/30/2023
At 1:15 p.m. on October 3, 2022, an employee and a coworker were performing repa ir work inside a sulfuric acid tank from a rolling scaffold near the center of t he tank. Another coworker was performing safety attendant duties at the entry to the tank. All employees were wearing fall protection harnesses, hard hats, eye protection, ear protection, and gloves per the worksite's standard PPE requireme nts. The employees were working in a confined space and were implementing approp riate permit required activities. The confined space was well ventilated with fo rced air and the atmosphere within the tank was being monitored by the safety at tendant. The employee was descending the scaffold when he fell approximately 20 feet to the bottom of the tank. The coworker in the tank heard a thud and looked down to see the employee laying at the base of the scaffold system. There were no issues with the set up of the rolling scaffold and the employee was not carry ing anything at the time of his fall. The injuries suffered did not provide any evidence to support an attempt to break the employee's fall. This indicates the employee was most likely either unconscious or semi-conscious during the fall. T he employee appears to have had a personal medical event while descending the sc affold. The employee suffered a head injury consistent with a fall onto a metal work surface from a height. The employee was admitted and treated at a local med ical center, where he died on November 13, 2022.
Keywords:blunt force, blunt force trauma, confined space, descending, entry permit, eye protection, fall, fall from elevation, fall protection, glove, hard hat, harness, head, mobile scaffold, permit, repair, storage tank, sul
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