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Inspection: 116450875 - Gee & Jenson Engineers-Architects-Planners

Inspection Information - Office: Tampa

Nr: 116450875Report ID: 0420600Open Date: 04/21/2000

Gee & Jenson Engineers-Architects-Planners
9012 Herring Drive-South Cargo Pier 4 Extension
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8712/Architectural Services
Mailing: One Hundred Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/18/2000
Close Case:12/06/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $14,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,700
Current Penalty $8,330 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,330
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19100410 A01 10/18/2000 10/23/2000 $4,900 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100420 B02 I 10/19/2000 11/01/2000 $4,165 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100420 B02 III 10/19/2000 11/01/2000 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment
Deleted 4. 01003 Serious 19100425 C01 10/18/2000 10/23/2000 $4,900 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 04001A Serious 19100410 A01 10/18/2000 10/23/2000 $4,165 $0 $0 Q - National Office Adjustment
  6. 04001B Serious 19100425 C01 10/18/2000 10/23/2000 $0 $0 $0 Q - National Office Adjustment

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202311072Event: 04/20/2000Employee Drowned While Working Underwater (Diving)
Employee #1, a commercial diver was working in the surface-supplied-air diving mode while engaged in a cleaning and inspection activity on a concrete piling that was designed to support a cargo pier. The pier surface had yet to be poured so Employee #1 was working in an area where there was free ascent to the surface. Employee #1's air and support umbilical became fouled on the piling while he utilized a hydraulic grinder to remove marine growth from the piling. Topside became aware that Employee #1 was fouled via voice communications which were then lost. Employee #1's umbilical had been allowed to lay free, that is, the tender had not maintained positive control of the umbilical by holding the hose bundle. The supervisor attempted to reestablish voice communications, pulled on the umbilical in an attempt to free it, turned on the pnuemo-fathometer, and checked his air compressor. After determining that this situation warranted the services of another diver, the supervisor donned SCUBA gear and entered the water some six minutes after Employee #1 reported he was fouled. It took an additional two minutes for the rescue diver to reach Employee #1's location and submerge. The rescue diver found Employee #1 floating unconscious at a depth of approximately 22 ft with his air supplying helmet off and his umbilical hoses wrapped around the piling. The rescue diver quickly freed Employee #1 from his hoses and brought him to the surface. Efforts to revive Employee #1 were unsuccessful. Employee #1 died.
Keywords: pier, hose, air hose, drown, entangled, diver
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 116450875 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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