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Inspection: 314864208 - The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles


Inspection Nr: 314864208
Report ID: 0950641
Date Opened: 01/07/2013

Site Address:
The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
4867 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Mailing Address:
250 Commerce, Ste. 150, Irvine, CA 92602

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 236220/Commercial and Institutional Building Construction

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/29/2013

Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Case Closed: 09/13/2014

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 102762564
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $750 $0 $18,750
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $7,750 $0 $7,750
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 1509 A 04/02/2013 05/05/2013 $750 $750 $0 04/25/2013 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 02001 Other 3583 F01 04/02/2013 04/12/2013 $7,000 $18,000 $0 04/25/2013 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202544508
Event: 12/26/2012
Worker'S Knee Is Fractured When Grinding Wheel Explodes

At approximately 2:15 p.m. on December 26, 2012, Employee #1, of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, was working with three fellow employees and several subcontractors to construct an addition to an existing hospital in Los Angeles. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 were working in the second floor courtyard of the hospital. They were assigned to remove cured concrete from around a floor drain to permit the application of a water proofing material. Coworker #1 had removed concrete with an electric chipping hammer, and Employee #1 was about to smooth the concrete with a grinder equipped with a 6-inch flared cup stone grinding wheel. Employee #1 turned on the grinder, and immediately the grinding wheel violently broke apart, causing stone wheel shards to strike his knee. Employee #1 sustained lacerations and a fracture to his patella. He required hospitalization and surgery to repair the fracture. He was released from the hospital on December 27, 2012. The employer reported this injury to Cal/OSHA at 11:40 a.m. on December 27, 2012. Cal/OSHA began its investigation on January 7, 2013. Investigation determined that the grinding wheel was not effectively inspected to discover possible damage and that it exceeded the maximum rated RPM of the grinding wheel. A serious citation was issued for a violation of T8 CCR 3583(f) The inspection and mounting of abrasive wheels.

Keywords:grinder, knee, fracture, inadequate maint, drain pipe, floor opening, struck by, grinding wheel, concrete, mech malfunction

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314864208 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported
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