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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300834025 - Midtown Rooter

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys


Inspection Nr: 300834025
Report ID: 0950643
Open Date: 05/24/2006

Site Address:
Midtown Rooter
5319 Woodman Ave
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

Mailing Address:
2521 Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 238220/ Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/06/2006

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Close Case:08/29/2008

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101113801
Complaint 205295165 Yes
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $21,600 $0 $0 $605 $0 $22,205
Current Penalty $8,100 $0 $0 $605 $0 $8,705
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 A 11/07/2006 06/11/2006 $435 $435 $0 12/14/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01002 Other 1512 E 11/07/2006 06/01/2006 $85 $85 $0 12/14/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
3. 01004 Other 1509 A 11/07/2006 12/12/2006 $85 $85 $0 12/14/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
4. 02001 Serious 15410001 A01 11/07/2006 11/30/2006 $4,050 $10,800 $0 12/14/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
5. 03001 Serious 1541 J02 11/06/2006 12/11/2006 $4,050 $10,800 $0 12/14/2006 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202463501
Event: 05/24/2006
Employee Fractures Ribs In Trench Collapse

On May 24, 2006, Employee #1 was excavating an area to form a 3-ft trench. A week prior to his effort, the dirt within the excavation site was previously dug up to facilitate its removal. The foreman told him to shore up the trench sides with plywood sheets. He was provided with 2-ft by 4-ft, and 4-ft by 8-ft sheets of plywood. While bending down within the trench to remove dirt, a portion of the trench caved in. The section that caved in was a large solid piece of dirt, approximately 4-ft-long by 6-ft-wide, which fell upon and over him. He was extracted from the cave-in and transported to a medical center. At the hospital, he underwent a medical evaluation and received medical attention for his injury, which included rib fractures. Following the medical procedures, he was hospitalized for a week. The accident investigation revealed that the cave-in was the result of previously disturbed soil parallel to the excavation site.

Keywords:fracture, collapse, trench, rib, cave-in

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300834025 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers
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