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Inspection: 119978807 - Specialized Turbine Services

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno

Nr: 119978807Report ID: 0950625Open Date: 04/04/2000

Specialized Turbine Services
8271 Jetta Ave
South Lake, CA 92341
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3511/Steam, Gas, and Hydraulic Turbines, and Turbine Generator Set Units
Mailing: 785 Tucker Road #G #422, Tehachapi, CA 93561

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/05/2000
Close Case:07/17/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $450 $0 $450
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $450 $0 $450
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 341 A02 04/20/2000 04/25/2000 $225 $225 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3328 B 04/20/2000 04/25/2000 $225 $225 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170616692Event: 10/22/1999Two Employees Injured When Turbine Tower Overturns
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on October 22, 1999, Employees #1 and #2, of Specialized Turbine Services, were installing an 80 ft tall wind turbine tower. Employee #1 was secured by a safety belt and harness near the top of the tower. He was helping the ground crew put the tower in place when the crane cable broke and the tower suddenly overturned. Employee #1 sustained a serious back injury and was admitted to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA, for treatment. Employee #2 was on the ground crew and was using a come-along tool to tighten one of the guy lines when the tower fell. When he attempted to grab the line, it pitched him into the air before he fell to the ground. He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Kern Medical Center, where he was treated and released.
Keywords: installing, wire rope, broken cable, equipment failure, back, guy, fall, tower, crane, overturn
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119978807 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, n.e.c.
2 119978807 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.

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