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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1260678.015 - City Of Carlsbad

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 1260678.015Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 09/01/2017

City Of Carlsbad
Carlsbad City Beaches
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 921190/Other General Government Support
Mailing: 1635 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/08/2018
Close Case:03/01/2018

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $6,355 $0 $6,355
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $6,355 $0 $6,355
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 340 01/12/2018 01/25/2018 $375 $375 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 01002 Other 342(A) 01/12/2018 $5,000 $5,000 $0 Z - Issued
  3. 01003 Other 3203(A) 01/12/2018 02/20/2018 $560 $560 $0 Z - Issued
  4. 01004 Other 3395(I) 01/12/2018 02/20/2018 $420 $420 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 98697.015Event: 08/17/2017Employee Struck Sandbar While Body Surfing And Is Paralized
At 5:00 p.m. on August 17, 2017, a life guard employee was assigned to Tower 2. One of three lifeguard stations on a 0.7 mile stretch of beach from Oak Ave on the south end to the inlet to Buena Vista Lagoon to the north, and west of Ocean Street. The employees have a tall mound of sand that they use as a temporary "tower" at Towers 2 and 3, from which to scan the beach and ocean to provide rescue services to the public. The employees are provided a large canopy structure for shade, and beach chairs. At Tower 1, located in front of the Army Navy Academy, there is an actual wooden tower enclosed structure used by the city lifeguards with a storage locker below. Lifeguards are assigned to their "tower" for the day, and are relieved periodically throughout the day by a roving team on either ATV's or in the lifeguard truck. At the time of the accident, the employee had been relieved by lifeguard coworker and was engaged in physical training. Lifeguards are expected to engage in physical training during their paid breaks, which can include activities at the employee's discretion such as running on the beach, swimming in the ocean, paddling a paddle board, and board surfing or body surfing. The employee was seriously injured when he struck his neck and shoulder against the sandbar where he was body surfing, and was rendered unconscious and was seen by a nearby boogie-boarder, who saw him floating face down. The witness waved down help when he realized the employee was unconscious, and two coworkers responded to the scene to perform rescue procedures and to stabilize the employee for transport. The employee regained consciousness but communicated that he was paralyzed. He suffered a spinal cord injury and vertebrae fractures to C4, C5 and C6. He had bruising on the spinal cord at C2. He was hospitalized at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, for about 2 weeks, where he had surgeries to install plates, pins, and spacers and stabilizers. He was transferred to a spinal cord rehabilitation hospital in Colorado for further treatment.
Keywords: paralysis, neck, back, spine, struck against, vertebra
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1260678.015 Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation Not Listed

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