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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1276562.015 - The Plumbing Experts Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ft. Lauderdale

Nr: 1276562.015Report ID: 0418800Open Date: 11/10/2017

The Plumbing Experts Inc.
9748 Pavarotti Terrace
Boynton Beach, FL 33437
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 2055 S. Congress Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33445

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/10/2017
Emphasis: N:TrenchClose Case:06/13/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1283228    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $21,988 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,988
Current Penalty $17,592 $0 $0 $0 $0 $17,592
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/19/2018 03/27/2018 $10,348 $12,934 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 03/19/2018 03/29/2018 $7,244 $9,054 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 100620.015Event: 11/10/2017Employee Received Fatal Injuries When An Inflatable Pipe Plu
At 1:50 p.m. on November 10, 2017, an employee installed an inflatable pipe plug into a 24 inch storm water line to stop the flow of water from an adjacent pond. The employees had just inflated the plug to 35 p.s.i using an electric compressor that had a regulator and gauge on the manifold and an air supply line which had its own gauge and shut off valve which was connected to the pipe plug with a quick disconnect fitting. The pipe plug was installed an inflated into a 24 inch storm water line to stop the flow of water from adjacent pond. The employees had just inflated the plug to 35 p.s.i using a regulated air supply from an electric compressor that had a regulator and gauge on the manifold and an air supply line which had its own gauge and shut off valve, which was connected to the pipe plug with a quick disconnect fitting. The employee was using a shovel to clean around the pipe in preparation for repair when the inflatable pipe plug exploded and struck the employee. The employee was killed due to blunt force trauma from sudden expulsion of air and water pressure resulting from failure of the pipe plug.
Keywords: trench, accidental discharge, explosion, pressure piping, compressed gas, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1276562.015 Fatality Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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