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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312428733 - Casitas Municipal Water District

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys


Inspection Nr: 312428733
Report ID: 0950643
Date Opened: 08/13/2008

Site Address:
Casitas Municipal Water District
1890 Casitas Vista Rd.
Ventura, CA 93001

Mailing Address:
1055 Ventura Ave., Oakview, CA 93022

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 221310/Water Supply and Irrigation Systems

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 01/09/2009

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Case Closed: 03/11/2009

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 102541349
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,450 $0 $5,450
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,450 $0 $5,450
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 Other 342 A 01/09/2009 01/14/2009 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 3203 B02 01/09/2009 02/11/2009 $225 $225 $0 -  
3. 01003 Other 3328 G 01/09/2009 01/27/2009 $225 $225 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202467023
Event: 07/10/2008
Employee Lacerates Arm While Using Chain Saw

On July 10, 2008, Employee #1, a maintenance worker, and his supervisor were cutting and trimming trees along the road leading up to the Lake Casitas Dam. They were working for about four hours. The supervisor was operating a boom truck and Employee #1 was operating the Stihl gasoline powered chain saw with the bucket of the boom lift. After lunch, they started up again. Employee #1 indicated that the chain saw was not idle, when he took his finger off the trigger and the motor stopped working. After having to restart the chain saw a few times, Employee #1 decided to keep the saw running, by keeping his finger on the trigger. That also kept the blade moving at a slow speed. Employee #1 was holding the running saw in his right hand, and the saw was resting on the edge of the bucket when he reached over the saw with his left hand to remove some branches that did not fall after being cut. As he was pulling the branches away, his left arm came in contact with the moving blade of the saw and cut his arm above the wrist. Employee #1 damaged his left arm tendon, nerve, and muscle. The supervisor lowered the bucket, helped remove Employee #1's harness, and helped him get out of the bucket. Employee #1 was transported to Community Memorial Hospital, Ventura, underwent a surgery and was hospitalized for three days.

Keywords:boom truck, chain saw, struck against, laceration, tree, arm, hand tool, blade, tree trimming, truck driver

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 312428733 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Groundskeepers and gardeners, except farm
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