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Inspection: 127317493 - Neal Smith Construction Company Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Tenn Cmpl Sfty 1

Nr: 127317493Report ID: 0454711Open Date: 03/04/1997

Neal Smith Construction Company Inc
The Meadows Of River Edge
Cordova, TN 38103
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1794/Excavation Work

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/04/1997
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:06/14/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,000
Current Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B06 I 05/27/1997 05/20/1997 $4,000 $4,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170758718Event: 03/04/1997Employee Dies Of Asphyxia From Methane In Manhole
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on March 4, 1997, Employee #1 entered a recently constructed 8 ft deep by 4 ft diameter manhole to retrieve a clod of dirt on the bottom. He was one his way out when he fell back in and lost consciousness. Employee #1 died of asphyxia. He apparently was overcome by high levels of methane gas.
Keywords: unconsciousness, asphyxiated, work rules, construction, inhalation, natural gas, fall, chemical vapor, manhole, overexposure
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 127317493 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers

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