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Inspection: 303081657 - Northrop Grumman Ship Systems

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge


Inspection Nr: 303081657
Report ID: 0625700
Date Opened: 06/28/2000

Site Address:
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems
5100 River Road
Avondale, LA 70094

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 50280, New Orleans, LA 70150

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: Y

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/29/2000

Emphasis: S:Shipyards

Case Closed: 04/04/2001

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100551647
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $7,000 $70,000 $0 $0 $0 $77,000
Current Penalty $4,900 $0 $49,000 $0 $0 $53,900
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 19150152 A 11/22/2000 11/29/2000 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 02001 Repeat 19150071 J02 11/22/2000 11/29/2000 $49,000 $70,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200551463
Event: 06/27/2000
Employee Killed In Fall From Scaffold

Employee #1 was a contract laborer for Litton Avondale Industries. At approximately 2:30 p.m. on June 27, 2000, he was on an overhead scaffold, grinding on the centerline bulkhead in the V-hull, port side cargo hold of an ARCO vessel when he fell 60 ft off the scaffold. Employee #1 was transported to West Jefferson Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. The scaffold was provided with wire rope railings, but an angle iron support to which the cable railing was attached broke loose from its weld on the platform. The employer had a company policy that employees wear fall protection and tie off when working more than 5 ft above a lower level. Employee #1 was issued a fall protection harness, but he was not wearing it at the time of the accident. The foreman stated that he was on the scaffold and spoke with Employee #1 between 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on the day of the accident, but did not check or notice if he was wearing a harness. A coworker who witnessed Employee #1's fall observed the angle iron hanging from the cable after the accident. A safety inspector for the employer also found a stanchion broken at its weld at the spot on the scaffold where Employee #1 fell.

Keywords:metal rail, shipyard, work rules, broken weld, equipment failure, fall, fall protection, elevated work plat, scaffold

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303081657 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
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