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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 102291093 - Inland Builders Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: San Francisco

Nr: 102291093Report ID: 0935000Open Date: 04/09/2000

Inland Builders Corporation
Villa Del Carmen Apartments
Yona, GU 96914
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
Mailing: P.O. Box 2767, Hagatna, GU 96932

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/02/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:09/06/2000
Emphasis: S:Construction

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $5,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,600
Current Penalty $5,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260601 B01 06/08/2000 07/25/2000 $5,600 $5,600 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201780160Event: 04/09/2000Employee Crushed And Killed By A Compactor
Employee #1, an operator, was using a compactor (roller) that weighed about 40 tons to compact some gravel on an incline (about 5-degrees) to prepare the surface for asphalt paving for a driveway to a parking lot for an apartment complex. The compactor consisted of a 36-ton steel drum in the font and rubber tires in the rear. The compactor pivoted in the middle. Somehow Employee #1 lost control of the compactor. The compactor rolled backwards down the incline while jackknifing back and forth. The compactor was headed toward a 6-ft-drop-off when Employee #1 jumped off. The roller of the compactor rolled over Employee #1's entire body and killed him. The investigation found that the operators had to add about a liter of brake fluid to the master cylinder nearly ever time they used compactor to make the brakes work. The emergency brake lever had no resistance when tested after the accident. The employer attributed the cause of the accident to Employee #1's failure to remain with the machine, to use the machine's seat belt, or to operate the machine properly. Moreover, the employer felt that the compactor's momentum could not be controlled by the brakes because of the machine's weight.
Keywords: brake, roller--const equip, control lever, crushed, seat belt, lost control, asphalt
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 102291093 Fatality Other Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators

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