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Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1476739.015 - James J Harris Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Tenn Cmpl Hlth 2

Nr: 1476739.015Report ID: 0454722Open Date: 05/29/2020

James J Harris Llc
195 Industrial Park Drive
Erin, TN 37061
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 221310/Water Supply and Irrigation Systems
Mailing: 1772 Alpine Drive, Clarksville, TN 37040

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/17/2020
Close Case:12/15/2020

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1597998    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,000
Current Penalty $8,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100146 C04 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $2,800 $4,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100146 C09 I 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01001C Serious 19100146 C09 III 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01001D Serious 19100146 D03 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01001E Serious 19100146 D08 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01001F Serious 19100146 D09 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01001G Serious 19100146 D10 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01002A Serious 19100146 D01 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $2,800 $4,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01002B Serious 19100146 D04 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01002C Serious 19100146 D05 I 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01002D Serious 19100146 D06 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 01002E Serious 19100146 E01 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  13. 01002F Serious 19100146 G01 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  14. 01002G Serious 19100146 H 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  15. 01003A Serious 19101200 E01 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $2,800 $4,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  16. 01003B Serious 19101200 G08 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  17. 01003C Serious 19101200 H01 11/19/2020 12/09/2020 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 126541.015Event: 05/29/2020Employee Is Killed After Overexposure To Hydrogen Sulfide/Dr
At 9:00 a.m. on May 29, 2020, Employee # 1 and 2 coworkers discussed entry into a manhole to clear a blockage. Employee # 1 entered into the manhole without personal protective equipment, without training, and without performing any air quality testing. Employee # 1 successfully placed the line to clear the blockage and began to climb out. Before he could exit, he was overtaken, likely by hydrogen sulfide, an oxygen deficient atmosphere and lost consciousness. The manhole contained approximately two feet of standing water. When the others realized that Employee # 1 was unconscious, Coworker #1 tied a ratchet strap around a fence adjacent to the manhole entrance and around his waist. As Coworker #2 contacted emergency services, Coworker #1 entered the 17 foot deep manhole. Coworker #1 reached Employee # 1, lifted him out of the water, but was unable to pull him out of the manhole. Coworker #1 began climbing out of the manhole but lost consciousness prior to reaching the top. Coworker #2 pulled Coworker #1 up several feet allowing Coworker #1 access to fresh air. He regained consciousness and began climbing out of the manhole with assistance from Coworker #2. Employee # 1 could not be rescued. Coworker #1 was taken to the hospital for assessment of his injuries (cuts and bruises). After more than one hour and positive pressure ventilation had been implemented in the manhole, atmospheric monitoring performed by the fire department indicated that oxygen levels were at 20.4% and hydrogen sulfide was present at 5.5- 6 parts per million. Employee # 1 was killed. Coworker #2 was provided basic screening for injury and illness by emergency services at the site as he had momentarily entered the manhole during his rescue of Coworker #1. He was not hospitalized.
Keywords: oxygen, lack of oxygen, overcome by vapors, overexposure, manhole, hydrogen sulfide, drowning, cleaning, training, loss of consciousness, cut, ppe, unconsciousness, climbing, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1476739.015 Non Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
2 1476739.015 Fatality Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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