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Inspection: 310429386 - Orleans Hotel And Casino, The

Inspection Information - Office: Nevada Las Vegas

 

Inspection Nr: 310429386
Report ID: 0953220
Open Date: 02/02/2007

Site Address:
Orleans Hotel And Casino, The
4500 West Tropicana Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89103

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:7011

NAICS: 721120/Casino Hotels


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 08/07/2007

Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing

Emphasis: L:Casino, S:Hotel/Casino

Close Case:10/30/2007


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101044279
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 1 9
Current Violations 8 1 9
Initial Penalty $184,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $185,000
Current Penalty $184,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $185,000
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 19100023 A06 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
2. 01002 Serious 19100146 C01 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
3. 01003 Serious 19100146 C02 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
4. 01004 Serious 19100146 C03 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
5. 01005 Serious 19100146 C08 I 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
6. 01006 Serious 19100146 C08 II 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
7. 01007 Serious 19100146 G01 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
8. 01008 Serious 19101200 H01 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $23,000 $23,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
9. 02001A Other 618038301 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $1,000 $1,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
10. 02001B Other 618054201 C 08/21/2007 10/19/2007 $0 $0 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201042942
Event: 02/02/2007
Two Employees Killed, One Injured After Entering Manhole

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on February 2, 2007, Employees #1, #2, and #3, of the Orleans Hotel and Casino engineering staff, were gathered with four engineering coworkers to address a problem with a backup in the grease interceptor/trap for the sewer system. The engineering staff were a plumber engineer (an employee at the Orleans for less than a month), a skilled laborer, a locksmith engineer, a general engineer, and three supervisors (the chief engineer, an assistant engineer and the swing shift assistant engineer). Employees #1, #2, #3 and their four coworkers were assessing the situation and had removed five manhole covers from the grease trap and sewer system. A plug in the pipe emptying into the pit under the last manhole by the loading dock was causing wastewater to back up into the grease interceptor pit. The crew pumped wastewater from the fourth pit (manhole) into the last pit in order to relieve some of the overflow. They determined that the blockage was located after the elbow in the PVC piping just after it entered the last pit. The swing shift assistant chief engineer then took the locksmith engineer in his golf cart back to his office so that the locksmith could get his Sawzall for Employee #1 (the plumber). The other employees and supervisors stood and waited at the dock while they went to get the saw. They returned with the saw, and gave it to Employee #1 who then entered the hole. The degree to which he entered differed in the opinions of all witnesses; however, all agree that his feet entered the manhole and were at least a couple rungs down on the fixed ladder (some say his head was below grade). As he cut through the PVC pipe, some liquid was released and began to flow out of the pipe. At that point the chief engineer told him to stop cutting. Employee #1 began to exit the hole but, for an unknown reason, fell into the pit and lay with his face was in the water. Employee #2, an engineer, entered the pit to save his coworker. He was able to reach Employee #1 and pull him out of the water, but was overcome and fell unconscious. Employee #3, the skilled laborer, entered the pit at some point after Employee #2. He was also overcome and was unable to move. Witnesses, including security, stated that he made slight movements until the fire department arrived. After Employees #2 and #3 entered the hole, the locksmith and the swing shift assistant chief ran for a rope. After Employee #3 collapsed, the chief told the locksmith and others not to go in the hole. Other engineers began to respond to the commotion and were told by the chief not to go into the hole. The assistant chief then called security while engineers brought fans out and directed them into the hole. When security arrived they cleared the area and called the fire department. The fire department arrived approximately 6 minutes later and took over the scene. Employee #3 was removed and sent to University Medical Center, where he was hospitalized. Employees #1 and #2 were pronounced dead at the scene. Prior to entry, the crew (including the three supervisors) did not perform air sampling of the pit, did not attempt to ventilate the pit, did not have training in entry procedures, did not have rescue equipment (such as a tri-pod with hoist), and did not have any PPE other than gloves. All supervisory and non-supervisory engineering employees agreed that they had not received training from the Orleans with regard to confined spaces. The Orleans did not have a confined space program, did not label sewer manholes as confined spaces not to be entered, did not develop a list of permit-required confined spaces, did not alert contractors to the presence of the confined spaces and ensure that the contractors were prepared for entry, did not have any sampling equipment for confined spaces, and did not perform confined space training for any employees.

Keywords:sewer, entry permit, confined space, air monitoring, inhalation, plumbing, manhole, untrained, hotel, warning sign

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310429386 Fatality Other Operating engineers
2 310429386 Fatality Other Operating engineers
3 310429386 Hospitalized injury Other Operating engineers
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