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Inspection: 120205794 - Charles Espinoza Construction Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 120205794Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 07/24/2007

Charles Espinoza Construction Co.
1325 Robertson Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1521/General Contractors-Single-Family Houses
NAICS: 236115/New Single-Family Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)
Mailing: 4900 23rd St, Sacramento, CA 95822

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/12/2007
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)Close Case:05/18/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $13,500 $0 $0 $1,250 $0 $14,750
Current Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $50 $0 $10,850
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 10/17/2007 11/05/2007 $50 $625 $0 11/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 23200001 A 10/17/2007 11/05/2007 $0 $625 $0 11/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 23200002 A 10/17/2007 10/29/2007 $10,800 $13,500 $0 11/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202485264Event: 07/23/2007Employee Electrocuted While Wiring In Crawl Space
On July 23, 2007, Employee #1, age 19, and a coworker were reinstalling an electrical outlet into a new bathroom wall after it had been removed from the pre-existing wall. The 120-volt outlet electrical box was energized and lying on the floor. Employee #1 went into a crawl space under the house while the coworker went to the electrical panel and shut off the power to the home. Employee #1 was having trouble seeing in the darkness of the crawl space, and he asked the coworker to turn on the power so he could use a halogen lamp that had a cord running up through the floor and into an outlet in the kitchen. When the coworker turned on the power, this also energized the electric conductors that Employee #1 was wiring in the junction box. He was lying on his back under the floor, on top of the water line for the home. This pipe had been used to ground the electrical system of the house when it was built and Employee #1 was electrocuted when he connected the wires. The coworker, hearing a noise, tried to communicate with Employee #1. When he did not get a response, he again turned off the electricity to the house. The coworker alerted the owner and tried to call 911 on his cell phone, but could not get through. He and the owner tried to call 911 on the house's land line, but it was electrically-based, and so they once again turned on the power to place the call. The owner then cut a hole in the floor, removed Employee #1 from the crawl space, and attempted CPR until paramedics arrived. The coroner stated cause of death was low voltage electrocution.
Keywords: installing, cpr, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, electrical work, lockout, elec circ part--misc, crawl space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120205794 Fatality Electric Shock Construction laborers

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