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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125795146 - Sierra At Tahoe, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 125795146Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 09/10/1997

Sierra At Tahoe, Inc.
1111 Sierra At Tahoe Road
Twin Bridges, CA 95735
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7011/Hotels and Motels

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/17/1997
Close Case:01/26/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361503675    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $200 $0 $200
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $200 $0 $200
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3381 A 10/29/1997 11/03/1997 $200 $200 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170787576Event: 06/10/1997Employee'S Skull Fractured By Chain Hoisting Line
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on June 10, 1997, Employee #1 and several coworkers were performing maintenance on a ski lift in Twin Bridges, CA. They were removing slack in a ski lift cable tensioned at 30,000 lb, that had been respliced to remove older cable from the previous ski season. The cable slacking come-alongs had been removed and the fully tensioned cable was slowly being released back up the tower when something slipped and the cable jumped between several inches and one foot, releasing the chain end of the hoisting line. It swung up and over the cable, striking Employee #1 across the top of the head. He received first aid at the scene for a scalp laceration before being transported to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, CA. At the hospital, Employee #1 was diagnosed with a fractured skull. He was then transferred by helicopter to Washoe Medical Center in Reno, NV. Employee #1 had been wearing a hard hat, but he removed it when it started to rain and had not replaced it when the rain stopped.
Keywords: fracture, head, maintenance, hard hat, work rules, slip, skull, struck by, mech malfunction, hoistline
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125795146 Hospitalized injury Fracture Elevator installers and repairers

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