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Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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Inspection: 1289091.015 - Herman Weissker Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino

Nr: 1289091.015Report ID: 0950633Open Date: 01/19/2018

Herman Weissker Inc
West Side Of Hwy 395 Just North Of Kramer Junction
Boron, CA 93516
Union Status: Union
SIC:
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: 1645 Brown Avenue, Riverside, CA 92509

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/16/2018
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1302284    
Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $49,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $49,500
Current Penalty $49,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $49,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 29400001 A 07/16/2018 $18,000 $18,000 $0 10/10/2018 -
  2. 02001 Serious 2941(I) 07/16/2018 $18,000 $18,000 $0 10/10/2018 -
  3. 03001 Serious 50060001 A 07/16/2018 07/24/2018 $13,500 $13,500 $0 10/10/2018 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 106813.015Event: 01/01/2018Employee Contacts Power Line And Is Killed
At 9:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018, Employee #1 and a coworker were working for an electrical contractor. The employees were tasked with relocating three conductors from an old utility pole, measuring about 90 feet tall, to a new tubular steel pole, measuring approximately 130 feet tall. After two of the conductors had been relocated, Employee #1 and the coworker, while working from an elevated basket, began attaching the rigging lines to the third conductor in preparation for separating it from the old pole. The elevated basket, which was attached to a 40 Ton mobile truck crane, was being controlled by a foreman that was located on the ground. As the elevated basket was repositioned, Employee #1 came into contact with the third conductor that was energized at 115 kV. The coworker observed smoke coming from Employee #1s body and signaled for the foreman to lower the basket. Emergency services were contacted and CPR performed. Employee #1 was taken to a nearby community hospital and soon transferred to another medical center for treatment where he died. The incident investigation identified that Employee #1 and the coworker had bonded the basket and rigged a conductor grip (attached to a line to a block then running to the ground) to the bottom phase; however, removed the bond just before repositioning the basket before attempting to transfer the third conductor.
Keywords: electric shock, electrocuted, power lines, electrical work
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1289091.015 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical Power-Line

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