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Inspection: 126610450 - City Of Martinsville

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 8

Nr: 126610450Report ID: 0355118Open Date: 06/16/1997

City Of Martinsville
Clay Street
Martinsville, VA 24114
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9199/General Government, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: P.O. Drawer 1112, Martinsville, VA 24114

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/17/1997
Close Case:05/13/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360787246    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 9 9
Current Violations 9 9
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100146 C02 12/04/1997 02/28/1998 $0 $0 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100146 D02 12/04/1997 02/28/1998 $0 $0 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100146 D03 12/04/1997 01/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision
  4. 01004 Serious 19100146 D05 I 12/04/1997 01/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision
  5. 01005 Serious 19100146 E01 12/04/1997 01/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision
  6. 01006 Serious 19100146 G01 12/04/1997 02/28/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision
  7. 01007 Serious 19100146 H01 12/04/1997 01/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision
  8. 01008 Serious 19100146 I01 12/04/1997 01/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision
  9. 01009 Serious 19100146 K03 I 12/04/1997 01/06/1998 $0 $0 $0 12/23/1997 Y - State Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 896365Event: 06/13/1997Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Manhole
At approximately 2:08 p.m. on June 13, 1997, Employee #1 and a coworker, water department workers, removed the manhole cover to an 8 ft deep meter pit to confirm the size of the water main. Employee #1 entered the pit by descending a set of ladder rungs along its side. Once his head was below the ground surface, he called out the size of the main to the coworker, who remained outside the pit. The coworker stated that Employee #1 then immediately collapsed and fell to the bottom of the pit. He was removed by the coworker and other employees by means of a rope looped around the his foot. Attempts to revive Employee # 1 were unsuccessful; he died of asphyxia. Meter readings taken at a later time indicated 12.8 percent oxygen in the pit.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, air monitoring, scba, pit, fall, manhole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126610450 Fatality Asphyxia Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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