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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119632164 - Healdsburg Fire Department

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 119632164Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 08/11/2003

Healdsburg Fire Department
601 Healdsburg Avenue
Healdsburg, CA 95448
Union Status: Union
SIC: 9224/Fire Protection
NAICS: 922160/Fire Protection

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:09/03/2003
Close Case:07/11/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 09/03/2003 09/08/2003 $5,000 $5,000 $0 09/16/2003 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201020096Event: 07/07/2003Employee Injures Back In Fall During Rappel Training
At approximately 5:10 p.m. on July 7, 2003, Employee #1 and three coworkers of the Healdsburg Fire Department were participating in rappel training. All four employees were firefighters and they all had previous rappel experience. The employees were on the third story of the Healdsburg Fire Department's training tower and were preparing to rappel down the outside of the building to the ground. Employee #1 put on the required safety gear consisting of a chest harness, a seat harness, a carabiner, gloves, and a helmet. Employee #1 had the rappel line attached to the top rail of the stair banister and was standing on the parapet, which had a flat top metal rail about 12 inches wide. One coworker was in control of the safety line and another coworker checked the setup. As Employee #1 began to lean back to start his rappelled descent, his feet slipped and he fell over the parapet. He hit the wall with his buttocks and injured his back. As he fell, one coworker locked his safety line, preventing him from falling further. Two other coworkers then pulled him to safety. Employee #1 was transported to Healdsburg General Hospital, where he was hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: firefighter, fracture, buttocks, slip, struck against, back, fall, rappelling, lost balance, work surface
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119632164 Hospitalized injury Fracture Firefighting occupations

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