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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120316369 - Spiniello Companies

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 120316369Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 10/23/2003

Spiniello Companies
4350 Stern Ave.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 13241 Lakeland Rd., Santa Fe Spring, CA 90670

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/16/2004
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:07/01/2006
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $560 $0 $560
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $560 $0 $560
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 1509 B 04/16/2004 05/19/2004 $185 $185 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3329 D 04/16/2004 05/19/2004 $375 $375 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201116886Event: 10/17/2003Employee'S Leg Fractured By Flying Water Pipe Bulkhead
On October 17, 2003, Employee #1 was part of a three-man crew working on a water main in a 3 ft deep by 4 ft wide by 6 ft long hole. Employee #1 entered the excavation to remove an 8 in. bulkhead that had been installed temporarily and to replace it with an 8 in. nipple. A coworker brought over tools while a second coworker, who was the leadman, used a forklift to remove the steel plate. Employee #1 removed the bracing around the bulkhead and the hose, and then loosened the six bolts on the 50 1/2 lb bulkhead. After parking the forklift, the leadman returned, He put one foot in the hole on top of the bulkhead, and had his other knee on the street. He used a "dig bar" to remove dirt from around the "bell" portion of the pipe so he could get a saw behind it. Employee #1 was taking one of the nuts off a bolt when the leadman heard a loud noise and the bulkhead blew off. He fell into the hole, landing on top of the pipe. Employee #1 asked him if he was OK. He said he was, and asked the same. Employee #1 replied that he thought his right leg was broken. The coworkers helped Employee #1 out of the hole and put him on the ground. The leadman called the supervisor, who notified paramedics. Employee #1 suffered a compound fracture of his femur and was taken to Sherman Oaks Hospital, where he was hospitalized for seven days and underwent two surgeries to place a metal rod and locking screws in his leg. The water main had been flushed a few days before the accident. The leadman later stated that when he came over after securing the forklift, he saw that the bracing and hose had been removed and thought that Employee #1 had opened the valve to relieve pressure in the line, which is normal procedure.
Keywords: fracture, pipe plug, work rules, construction, high pressure, struck by, water pipe, flying object, pressure release, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120316369 Hospitalized injury Fracture Laborers, except construction

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