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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126078880 - E & R Construction

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 126078880Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 08/04/1999

E & R Construction
San Gabriel & San Marcos
Pasadena, CA 91109
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1711/Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning
Mailing: 945 Wellington Rd, San Dimas, CA 91773

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:01/10/2000
Close Case:04/08/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $5,250 $0 $0 $175 $0 $5,425
Current Penalty $1,045 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,045
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 01/07/2000 02/09/2000 $0 $175 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 5158 C02 01/07/2000 02/09/2000 $85 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 5158 D02 01/07/2000 02/09/2000 $85 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 5158 D03 01/07/2000 02/09/2000 $875 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201792520Event: 08/04/1999Employee Suffers Asphyxia Due To Fume Inhalation
At about 10:30 a.m. on August 4, 1999, Employee #1 went into a sewer main to drill a 10-in.-diameter hole to install a new 8-in.-diameter sewer line for housing tracts being constructed. The sewer manhole which had an opening 2 ft in diameter, was 4 ft wide and approximately 8 ft deep. Inside the manhole Employee #1 noticed a sewage odor and water running about 5 in. deep. After drilling for a while with a chipping gun connected to a compressor up on the street, Employee #1 had difficulty moving his legs and arms, had difficulty breathing, chest tightness and could hardly see anything but black spots before his eyes. Employee #1 climbed up the ladder about two steps but could not go up any further because he was feeling weak. Employee #1 called for help. Coworkers heard the calls for help and saw Employee #1 in trouble. The coworkers pulled Employee #1 out of the manhole and put him on oxygen. Emergency services were summoned, and Employee #1 was taken to the hospital. Employee #1 was treated for carbon monoxide intoxication (Employee #1's carboxy-hemoglobin level was 23) and was released from the hospital the following day.
Keywords: sewer, asphyxiated, confined space, ladder, construction, inhalation, manhole, carbon monoxide
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126078880 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Construction laborers

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