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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300871183 - Flatiron Construction Corp

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles


Inspection Nr: 300871183
Report ID: 0950641
Open Date: 07/01/2010

Site Address:
Flatiron Construction Corp
6911 World Way West
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Mailing Address:
1770 La Costa Meadows Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 238910/Site Preparation Contractors

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/12/2010

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Close Case:06/02/2017

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 102579851
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $5,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,060
Current Penalty $5,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,060
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 Serious 1541 B D 3 08/12/2010 08/17/2010 $5,060 $5,060 $0 09/01/2010 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202541710
Event: 07/01/2010
Contact With Buried Conductor Thru Backhoe

At 8:30 a.m., on July 1, 2010, Employee #1 was operating a backhoe for the Flatiron Construction Corp. The company was a heavy construction contractor specializing in paving. It was working on a new taxiway at Los Angeles International Airport, which had to be thick enough to support new jumbo jets. The finished surface was to be nineteen inches thick. As part of the preparation work, an old asphalt-covered taxiway was being demolished. The area had been marked by "Dig Alert" to indicate buried electrical lines. There were electrical vaults in front of the tractor about twenty yards away, to the right of the tractor about 3 yards away, and behind the tractor about fifty yards away. The asphalt had been marked in red where the wires entered and exited the vaults, and on the asphalt in front of the tractor. There was no marking, however, on the side of the vault to the operator's right to indicate any lines entering it. The job being performed at the time of the accident was "potholing" for soil samples to test for chemical contamination. Because the lines entering the nearby vault had not been marked, the operator assumed there were no cables where he was digging. As he dug, he contacted conductors energized at 34.5 kilovolts approximately twelve inches below the surface. He had been well trained, and as a result he stayed in the cab of his tractor until emergency crews deenergized the conductors. This took approximately 3 hours. Employee #1 was not injured.

Keywords:e gi iv, electrical, airport, construction, lockout, e c, backhoe, undrgrd power line, e gi ib

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300871183 Non Hospitalized injury Other Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators
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