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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119635183 - North Bay Plumbing

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 119635183Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 04/26/2004

North Bay Plumbing
742 William Cunningham, Lot 11
Sonoma, CA 95476
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1711/Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning
NAICS: 238220/ Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Mailing: P.O. Box W, Fairfield, CA 94533

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/29/2004
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)Close Case:07/29/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $28,800 $0 $0 $400 $0 $29,200
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $300 $0 $12,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 1509 A 06/30/2004 08/02/2004 $300 $400 $0 09/13/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 3301 C 06/30/2004 07/05/2004 $12,600 $14,400 $0 09/13/2004 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 03001 Serious 3328 A 06/30/2004 08/02/2004 $0 $14,400 $0 09/13/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201020187Event: 04/20/2004Employee Injures When Plug Bursts
Between 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on April 20, 2004, Employee #1, a plumbing foreman, was on site at a new housing development, testing a 4-in. polyvinyl chloride sewer line. He was using a long test plug, Model Number 83643, manufactured by IPS Corporation. The size of the test plug was designed to fit pipe diameters from a minimum of 2.63 in. to a maximum of 3.25 in. He was inflating the plug with his own air compressor, manufactured by Bonaire Industries, Model Number BA121. The gauge showed readings of up to 160 psi. Employee #1 had problems with the gauge, since at one point the needle read 0 psi during the inflation process. Employee #1 bent over the pipe and noticed water coming out around the plug. The plug burst, and popped out of the pipe, which was still attached to the air compressor. It hit Employee #1 in the face, breaking the bones in the upper face, and damaging his eyes. Another employee, who was working approximately twenty feet away, saw Employee #1 looking into the pipe right before it exploded. He called his boss, who called the second superintendent. The second superintendent called for an ambulance and went to the site. The compressor was still running when he got there. He saw Employee #1 on his knees with his face covered with blood. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: eye, sewer, compressor, fracture, construction, pressure piping, pipe, struck by, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119635183 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Supervisors; plumbers, pipefitters & steamfitters

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