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Inspection: 302133491 - Heritage Construction Services, Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Parsippany


Inspection Nr: 302133491
Report ID: 0214200
Date Opened: 06/02/1999

Site Address:
Heritage Construction Services, Co., Inc.
Maple Gardens Complex, 20 Marshall Street
Irvington, NJ 07111

Mailing Address:
158 Linwood Plaza, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Referral

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/05/1999

Planning Guide: Safety-Construction

Emphasis: S:Construction

Case Closed: 03/22/2000

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 200024685 Yes
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $8,050 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,050
Current Penalty $6,038 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,038
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. 01001A Serious 19260020 B02 11/05/1999 11/10/1999 $5,250 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19260501 A02 11/05/1999 11/10/1999 $0 $0 $0 -  
3. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 11/05/1999 11/10/1999 $788 $1,050 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200021525
Event: 05/28/1999
Roof Of Underground Parking Garage Collapses

Sometime between 8:00 a.m. and 8:23 a.m. on May 28, 1999, Employee #1, a heavy equipment operator, was using an Hitachi track-type excavator to clear and grade an area between two apartment complexes to create additional parking spaces. The soil and gravel bedding that was being removed was located over an existing underground parking garage. Employee #1 was rotating the excavators' arm/bucket from one side to the other to move soil between piles when the roof of the parking garage collapsed. The excavator dropped between 4 and 5 ft toward the parking garage, although its fall was minimized by the cushioning effect of the garage structure and by the soil that poured into the newly created hole. Employee #1 sustained minor injuries and did not require hospitalization. Subsequent investigation revealed the following factors: 1) the parking garage roof was overloaded even though the area below had been shored; 2) there had not been adequate, frequent inspections by a competent person of the areas where the soil spoil piles were placed; 3) Employee #1 had not been adequately instructed regarding how much soil could be staged over the existing parking garage. On the day of the accident, only the track-type excavator was involved in the site clearing operation; on previous days, a second rubber-wheeled backhoe had been used to remove the piles of soil created by the excavator.

Keywords:roof collapse, roof, work rules, equipment operator, overloaded, construction, earthmoving equip, excavator, untrained

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302133491 Occupation Not Listed
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