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Inspection: 306444761 - M&R Construction Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Mobile


Inspection Nr: 306444761
Report ID: 0418600
Open Date: 05/16/2003

Site Address:
M&R Construction Co.
Thornfield Subdivision #5
Millbrook, AL 36054

Mailing Address:
4439 Delmar Drive, Montgomery, AL 36109

Union Status: NonUnion


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

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 05/29/2003

Emphasis: S:Construction Fatalities, N:Trench

Close Case:04/22/2004

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100451889
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 1 5
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $12,800 $49,000 $0 $0 $0 $61,800
Current Penalty $12,800 $49,000 $0 $0 $0 $61,800
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. 01001A Serious 19260020 B01 11/10/2003 11/25/2003 $4,900 $4,900 $0 -  
2. 01001B Serious 19260021 B02 11/10/2003 11/15/2003 $0 $0 $0 -  
3. 01002 Serious 19260100 A 11/10/2003 11/15/2003 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -  
4. 01003 Serious 19260651 C02 11/10/2003 11/15/2003 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -  
5. 01004 Serious 19260651 J02 11/10/2003 11/15/2003 $4,900 $4,900 $0 -  
6. 02001 Willful 19260652 A01 11/10/2003 11/15/2003 $49,000 $49,000 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200451433
Event: 05/16/2003
Employee Killed In Trench Cave-In

On May 16, 2003, Employee #1 and a coworker were in a trench working on the expansion of a residential subdivision sanitary sewer system. The trench was being dug in a previously disturbed soil, which was classified as "B" soil. On one wall of the trench were two truck loads of sand used for backfill. The trench was approximately 10 ft deep, 4 ft wide, and 80 ft long, and was not sloped, shored, or provided with a protective system. After the employer observed employees in this trench, he departed to get more materials, leaving a competent person in control of the trench project. While Employee #1 and the coworker in the trench were digging by hand, the competent person was operating an excavator. Two other coworkers were standing on a trench wall when it collapsed on Employee #1 and the coworker in the trench, engulfing the two workers that were in the trench over their heads. The coworker was removed from the trench by emergency responders and transported to the hospital where he was later released with minor injuries. Employee #1 was removed from the trench unresponsive, and then pronounced dead at the hospital.

Keywords:sewer, trench box, sand, trench, excavator, shoring, cave-in

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306444761 Fatality Other Construction laborers
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