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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $750 $0 $18,750
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $2,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 1597 J 12/04/2008 12/09/2008 $0 $750 $0 12/24/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3328 C 12/04/2008 12/09/2008 $2,000 $18,000 $0 12/24/2008 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202487294 Event: 08/06/2008Employee Fractures Hip When Excavator Strikes
On August 6, 2008, Employee #1, a laborer, and a coworker, an equipment operator, were directed to uncover an existing 3-ft diameter clay pipe, and cut the pipe so that a new part of the water treatment plant could tie into the pipe. The pipe was uncovered and the excavator was used to lower a pipe cutter into a 4-ft excavation. The coworker got off of the excavator, the Kobelco MD320B, and left the excavator running. He was assisting Employee #1 to set up the pipe cutter in the excavation. Then he left the excavation and went to the cab to retrieve a rag to wipe off hydraulic lines. The coworker reached behind the seat with his back to the steering wheel when he heard Employee #1's loudly scream. The coworker noticed that his safety vest was caught on the operating joystick and that the boom of the excavator moved, striking Employee #1, who was on the ground. The coworker turned back around and moved the bucket, and boom of the excavator away from Employee #1. Employee #1 fractured his hip and was hospitalized for fifteen days. The excavator operating controls were activated while in the "off" position because the control lever lock was defective.
Keywords: excavation, fracture, ppe, control lever, caught by, hydraulic line, pipe, struck by, hip
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120206990 Hospitalized injury Fracture Construction laborers

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