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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1135774.015 - Aqua Ohio, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland

Nr: 1135774.015Report ID: 0522300Open Date: 03/29/2016

Aqua Ohio, Inc.
Approx 6690 Heisley Road
Mentor, OH 44060
Union Status: Union
SIC:
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 6650 South Avenue, Boardman, OH 44512

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:
Emphasis: P:Trench, N:TrenchClose Case:04/11/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1076720    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 1 6
Current Violations 5 1 6
Initial Penalty $32,200 $0 $12,600 $0 $0 $44,800
Current Penalty $32,200 $0 $7,600 $0 $0 $39,800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260020 B02 06/06/2016 06/16/2016 $6,300 $6,300 $0 06/08/2016 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 06/06/2016 $6,300 $6,300 $0 06/08/2016 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260651 J01 06/06/2016 $6,300 $6,300 $0 06/08/2016 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19260652 A01 06/06/2016 $7,000 $7,000 $0 06/08/2016 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19260652 C03 III 06/06/2016 $6,300 $6,300 $0 06/08/2016 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 02001 Repeat 19260651 J02 06/06/2016 $7,600 $12,600 $0 06/08/2016 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 83994.015Event: 03/29/2016Employee Is Killed In Trench Collapse.
At approximately 1:45 p.m. on March 29, 2016, an employee and coworkers were working inside a trench to install a water line offset. The water line offset was being installed as part of a road widening project. The work crew consisted of a crew leader and three distribution technicians. The workers dug a trench with a varying depth of approximately 4.8-ft deep to approximately 8-ft deep. The trench had a varying width with a maximum width of 14 feet, 3 inches. The trench was dug approximately 23-ft long. The side walls of the trench were near 90 degree vertical walls. The soil was classified as type Cohesive, Type B (CBY) and the crew leader on-site, who was considered the competent person by the employer. A lab analysis classified the soil as; Cohesive, Type B. After the connection was made between the new and existing lines workers exited the trench. The work then continued from outside the trench to prepare to make the connection at the north end of the trench between the new offset section and existing water line. While workers were working outside the trench preparing the next section of pipe, the employee, a distribution technician, entered the trench. The reason the employee entered the trench was unknown. While the employee was inside the trench working near the south offset connection, the east, road, side wall of the trench collapsed. The area where the employee was working inside the trench at the time of the collapse was approximately 5.5 feet deep. When the wall collapsed it struck the employee and caused his head to strike the water line and or offset connection collar. The employee was taken to a local hospital, but died as a result of his injuries
Keywords: trench, struck against, collapse, caught between
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1135774.015 Fatality Fracture

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