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Case Status: OPEN

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Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $38,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $38,500
Current Penalty $38,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $38,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3203(A)(2) 01/13/2020 01/24/2020 $13,500 $13,500 $0 02/19/2020 C - Contested
  2. 02001 Serious 3203(A)(4) 01/13/2020 01/24/2020 $25,000 $25,000 $0 02/19/2020 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 118041.015 Event: 07/15/2019One Employee Is Killed, Two Are Burned In Gas Explosion
At 12:15 p.m. on July 15, 2019, Employee #1, #2 and #3 were trying to stop a nat ural gas leak that was coming from the main line in the street into a pipe going into a residential house. The gas pipe was ruptured when it was struck by the s harp end of a 0.25 inch ground rod that had been hammered into the ground by a s olar power company. Employee #1 started digging with a shovel and Employee #2 wa s standing next to him. After few minutes, an explosion occurred inside the hous e and another explosion occurred inside the garage. The garage door flew away in front of the house. Employee #3 stated that he was thrown to the other side of the street due to impact and struck a black truck that was parked on the street. Employee #1 sustained burns and blunt force head trauma and was killed. Employe e #2 and #3 sustained burn injuries and were transported to a nearby medical cen ter, where they were hospitalized for over 24 hours.
Keywords: burn, explosion, head, leak, natural gas
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1416232.015 Fatality Technicians, n.e.c.

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