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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300650777 - Allied Utilities, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Savannah


Inspection Nr: 300650777
Report ID: 0418400
Date Opened: 06/25/1999

Site Address:
Allied Utilities, Inc.
Ga Hwy 17
Brunswick, GA 31521

Mailing Address:
6083 Statesboro Hwy, Sylvania, GA 30467

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 09/02/1999

Emphasis: N:Trench, S:Construction, S:Construction Fatalities

Case Closed: 06/16/2000

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100900836
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $10,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,500
Current Penalty $7,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,500
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 09/28/1999 10/18/1999 $1,500 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Serious 19260100 A 09/28/1999 10/18/1999 $1,500 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 01003 Serious 19260651 H01 09/28/1999 10/18/1999 $1,500 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 01004 Serious 19260651 K01 09/28/1999 10/18/1999 $1,500 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
5. 01005 Serious 19260651 J02 09/28/1999 10/18/1999 $1,500 $2,100 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200900611
Event: 06/24/1999
Employee Killed When Pinned By Excavator Shovel

Employee #1 and a coworker were connecting 13 ft sections of 10 in. wide sewer pipe in an approximately 12 ft deep excavation. The trench, which was protected by a steel trench box, had about 10 in. of standing water in the bottom of it. According to coworkers, the trench box was sinking below the surface of the ground because of the water and, as a result, the ground around the top edge of the trench box was beginning to collapse inside. Meanwhile, wet dirt was coming into the excavation from underneath the trench box, which only extended to a depth of 8 ft. A coworker yelled at Employee #1 to look out for the falling dirt. This caused him to run into the 42 in. wide shovel of a track excavator that was digging in the trench. The excavator was lifting a shovelful of dirt when Employee #1 ran into the scoop and became pinned against the south wall of the trench box. He suffered massive internal injuries and was killed.

Keywords:excavation, trench box, pinned, work rules, construction, earthmoving equip, caught between, excavator, unstable soil, water

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300650777 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
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