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Inspection: 127374122 - Jimmy Richards & Sons Excavating, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 4

Nr: 127374122Report ID: 0352440Open Date: 08/20/1996

Jimmy Richards & Sons Excavating, Inc.
Sir Douglas/South Hampton Drive
Bryans Road, MD 20616
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1794/Excavation Work
Mailing: 12870 Windy Knolls Place, Waldorf, MD 20602

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/01/1996
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:03/24/1997
Emphasis: N:Trench

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,375 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,375
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 Other 19260651 B01 12/10/1996 12/13/1996 $0 $1,375 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200960342Event: 08/20/1996Electric Shock - Contact With Underground Line Thru Loader
The operator of a metal-track Caterpillar loader (Model No. 963) was assigned to cut back a dirt bank on the side of a dirt access road for a housing development. This work was to be performed in preparation for the installation of a sidewalk. Miss Utility had been onsite for previous work. The previous day, the employer again contacted Miss Utility to locate and mark utility lines. However, before Miss Utility responded, the work began. When the loader dug into the dirt bank, its blade contacted two of three phases of a 7200-volt-to-ground underground power line. Fuses rated at 150 amperes protected the line. Wearing work boots but no gloves, the operator received an electric shock as he worked the metal control handles, attempting to back out from the contact. The employee, who was hospitalized for his injury, lost 3 weeks of work. His employer had provided him with hazard recognition training. The supervisor stated that he thought the power line was located further up the dirt bank and that he had had problems with mismarked lines before.
Keywords: electrical, e c, electric shock, loader, undrgrd power line, blind reaching
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 127374122 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Excavating and loading machine operators

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