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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 1 8 15
Current Violations 15 15
Initial Penalty $30,000 $35,000 $0 $1,000 $0 $66,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $75,000 $75,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Unclass 19260020 B01 02/23/1993 03/28/1993 $5,000 $5,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Unclass 19260021 B02 02/23/1993 03/28/1993 $5,000 $5,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Unclass 19260050 C 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $5,000 $5,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Unclass 19260500 D02 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $5,000 $5,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Unclass 19260651 G01 I 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $4,000 $5,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Unclass 19260651 K02 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $25,000 $5,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 02001 Unclass 19260651 G02 I 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $25,000 $35,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 03001 Unclass 19030002 A01 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $1,000 $1,000 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 03002 Unclass 19260251 B01 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 03003 Unclass 19260550 A02 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 03004 Unclass 19260550 A04 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  12. 03005 Unclass 19260550 A06 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 03006 Unclass 19260550 A14 I 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  14. 03007 Unclass 19260550 B02 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement
  15. 03008 Unclass 19261052 C01 02/23/1993 02/26/1993 $0 $0 $0 03/15/1993 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14312235 Event: 08/26/1992Employees Overcome By Toxic Fumes In Excavation
Employees #1 and #2, along with coworkers, were constructing a pump station for a sanitary sewer main project. The pump station excavation was about 18 ft by 18 ft and 27 ft deep, and 13 piles had to be driven into it so that the precast station placed inside would have ample support. On August 26, 1992, the first pile was water jetted and driven in the excavation. A foreman entered the excavation; thereafter, he was ill and said he thought there was gas in the excavation. The project engineer and another foreman left the site to see if they could obtain blowers. But during their absence, a "quick" condition began developing in the excavation. They returned to the site and the decision was made to flood the excavation to keep it intact. When Employee #1 entered the excavation to collect tools and equipment, he was overcome. Employee #2 then entered the area to rescue Employee #1, but he, too, was overcome. Using a crane, Employee #1 was retrieved by the foreman who first commented on the gas condition, and was hospitalized at a local facility for several days. Employee #2 was eventually retrieved through the combined efforts of the local police, fire, and other rescue personnel, although one police officer died during this rescue operation. Employee #2 was taken to the University of Maryland for treatment in a decompression chamber. While his condition was originally critical, he survived and was eventually released home. There had been no emergency rescue equipment at the site, and monitoring of the excavation had not been performed, even though in May 1992 the company had been advised by the county health department to monitor excavations on the project. The hazardous atmosphere inside the pump station excavation included, but was not limited to, hydrogen sulfide.
Keywords: excavation, vapor, emergency response, hydrogen sulfide, work rules, toxic atmosphere, construction, inhalation, gas, toxic fumes
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 107356420 Hospitalized injury Other Construction trades, n.e.c.
2 107356420 Hospitalized injury Other Construction trades, n.e.c.
3 107356420 Hospitalized injury Radiation Effects Construction trades, n.e.c.

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