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Inspection: 300833696 - Vci Telecom Dba Vci Construction

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys


Inspection Nr: 300833696
Report ID: 0950643
Open Date: 04/11/2006

Site Address:
Vci Telecom Dba Vci Construction
600 Block Of East Hueneme Rd.
Oxnard, CA 93030

Mailing Address:
1921 W. 11th St., Upland, CA 91786

Union Status: NonUnion


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

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/20/2006

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Close Case:08/18/2008

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101113066
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $16,200 $0 $0 $810 $0 $17,010
Current Penalty $8,100 $0 $0 $810 $0 $8,910
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 Other 3410001 F03 07/20/2006 08/08/2006 $810 $810 $0 08/11/2006 W - Empr Withdrew  
2. 02001 Serious 15410001 A01 07/20/2006 04/17/2006 $8,100 $16,200 $0 08/11/2006 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 300833696
Event: 04/11/2006
Employee Is Nearly Asphyxiated In Trench Cave-In

At approximately 1:03 p.m. on April 11, 2006, Employee #1 was working for VCI Telecom, Inc., DBA VCI Construction, a general utility construction company engaged in the construction and repair of water, power, and other utility lines. He had been working for company since December 2004 as a laborer. He was working near other onsite VCI Telecom, Inc., DBA VCI Construction employees, including a supervisor-carpenter. He was placing an underground pipe for the installation of a 5-inch conduit from a manhole to a pole in the City of Oxnard, CA, when part of the trench, not properly shored, caved in on him. He was nearly asphyxiated, and he was transported to St. Johns Regional Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for treatment. He was released on April 18, 2006. Interviews were conducted of Employee #1, his supervisor, and other onsite coworkers. The investigation concluded that violation of CCR Title 8 Section 1541.1(a)(1) was the cause of this accident. At the time of accident, the employer did not follow Manufacturer's Tabulated data for providing adequate protective system for an employee working in a 6- to 7-foot deep excavation. As a result, the Division issued a serious accident-related citation to the employer, CCR Title 8 Section 1541.1(a)(1).

Keywords:chest, asphyxiated, communication cable, conduit, work rules, trench, cave-in

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300833696 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers
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