Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Accident Report Detail

Accident: 202477253 - Employee Is Injured By Fall Into Concrete Pit

Accident: 202477253 -- Report ID: 0950636 -- Event Date: 03/10/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31266653004/28/20114959United Storm Water Inc
At 6:00 a.m. on March 10, 2011, Employee #1, a project manager/supervisor employed by a company that maintained and managed storm water systems, started work at a customer's worksite in La Verne, California. Employee #1 held a tailgate meeting for five employees working on the project that day, before they started work. Their responsibilities were to remove and vacuum out sediment in an underground vault that was approximately 30 feet deep by150 feet wide by 300 feet long. The customer came to Employee #1 and identified another area in another vault that also needed sediment removal. After the customer had set up lighting, air monitors, and blowers for the area in the other vault, Employee #1 took two employees to the new area and started sediment removal. After setting up the two employees at approximately 10:30 a.m., Employee #1 walked off into the dark to look for more sediment to remove from the vault. As Employee #1 was walking back, he fell into a 6-foot-deep concrete pit. Employee #1 was able to yell to the other two employees to come and assist him in getting out of the pit. Paramedics arrived at the location and Employee #1 was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in Pomona. He was hospitalized for seven days with multiple injuries, including a fractured spine. The accident was reported to the Cal/OSHA West Covina District Office at 3:25 p.m. on March 10, 2011. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 did not have artificial illumination to ensure safety, while he searched the dark area for other sediment that was to be removed. Employee #1's manager was in his office, when he was notified of the incident.
Keywords: fracture, spine, lighting, pit, fall, poor visibility
End Use Proj Type Proj Cost Stories NonBldgHt Fatality
Sewer/water treatment plant Maintenance or repair Under $50,000 1 30
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation Construction
1 312666530 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported FallDist:
FallHt:30
Cause: Site clearing and grubbing
FatCause: Fall through opening (other than roof)

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.

Close