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Inspection: 119633816 - Powerhouse Building Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 119633816Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 10/05/2004

Powerhouse Building Inc
9 Upper Ames Avenue
Ross, CA 94957
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1751/Carpentry Work
NAICS: 238130/Framing Contractors
Mailing: 77 Mark Drive Suite 28, San Rafael, CA 94903

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/08/2004
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:07/16/2007
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $600 $0 $18,600
Current Penalty $14,400 $0 $0 $600 $0 $15,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 1709 D 11/15/2004 11/18/2004 $300 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 3203 B02 11/15/2004 12/15/2004 $300 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 02001 Serious 1640 C06 11/15/2004 12/01/2004 $0 $3,600 $0 12/09/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 03001 Serious 1640 C05 A 11/15/2004 11/18/2004 $14,400 $14,400 $0 12/09/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170765127Event: 10/04/2004Four Employees Injured In Fall From Scaffold
At approximately 4:45 p.m. on October 4, 2004, four employees were attempting to lift a 40-ft long, 5 in. by 14 in, parallam ridge beam and place it in hangers. The employees were constructing wood scaffolds at top plate level and put the beam up on the scaffolds, then stood on the garage end scaffold and tried to lift the beam up about 7 ft and put it in the hanger. The employees were using two 14-in. wide oriented strand board truss (OSB) joists as scaffold planks by laying them on their sides spanning 10 ft between plank and center support. On the third attempt to lift the beam, the two truss joists broke at the OSB's finger joints and the four employees and the beam fell. Employees #2 and #4 landed on a plywood floor 9.5 ft below, while Employees #1 and #3 fell 19 ft 10 in. and hit the basement slab. Employee #1 hit on his head and suffered a broken neck and head injuries. On November 3, 2004, he was admitted to a rehabilitation hospital. Employees #1 through #3 required emergency room treatment. On October 5, 2004, the accident was reported to DOSH by the local Fire Department at 7:55 a.m. and by the employer at 11:00 a.m.
Keywords: beam, head, joist, construction, scaffold collapse, neck, scaffold
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119633816 Hospitalized injury Fracture Carpenter apprentices
2 119633816 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Carpenter apprentices
3 119633816 Non Hospitalized injury Other Carpenter apprentices
4 119633816 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain Carpenters

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