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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125878967 - T. Waples Backhoe,Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 125878967Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 05/28/2003

T. Waples Backhoe,Inc.
Between 1014 And 1042 11 Th Street
Ramona, CA 92065
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1541/General Contractors-Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
NAICS: 236220/Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Mailing: P.O. Box 447, Ramona, CA 92065

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/10/2003
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/27/2005
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $15,525 $0 $0 $1,575 $0 $17,100
Current Penalty $13,950 $0 $0 $650 $0 $14,600
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 07/10/2003 08/26/2003 $130 $525 $0 08/04/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 1509 B 07/10/2003 08/26/2003 $260 $525 $0 08/04/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 1541 H01 07/10/2003 08/26/2003 $260 $525 $0 08/04/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02001 Serious 1541 K01 07/10/2003 09/09/2003 $3,150 $4,725 $0 08/04/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 03001 Serious 15410001 A01 07/10/2003 07/24/2003 $10,800 $10,800 $0 08/04/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201066073Event: 05/28/2003Employee Killed In Trench Cave-In
At approximately 1:50 p.m. on May 28, 2003, Employee #1, a supervisor, was attempting to retrieve a hydraulic pump from the bottom of an 11-ft-deep trench that was 2 to 3 ft wide. Employee #1, another supervisor, and two coworkers were setting the first section of the aluminum hydraulic speed shoring when the hydraulic pump fell to the bottom of the trench. Several attempts were made to retrieve the fallen hydraulic pump. They attempted to use an 8-ft pole and the bucket apparatus on the backhoe to recover the hydraulic pump but were unsuccessful. A third supervisor left the trench area to get a rope from his truck to try another way of recovering the fallen hydraulic pump. Employee #1 climbed down the arm of the backhoe to the bucket and stretched himself out while holding on to the arm of the backhoe. He was attempting to grab the hydraulic pump which was located a few feet in front of the bucket. Employee #1 was positioned on the bucket and leaning forward to recover the hydraulic pump when the wall of the trench collapsed on him, burying him under 4 ft of soil. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: trench, shoring, buried, cave-in, backhoe, hydraulic pump
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125878967 Fatality Other Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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