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Inspection: 14842496 - W A Bowie & Sons Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 2

Nr: 14842496Report ID: 0352420Open Date: 04/25/1984

W A Bowie & Sons Inc
300 Commerce St
Havre De Grace, MD 21078
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1522/General Contractors-Residential Buildings, Other Than Single-Family
Mailing: 4212 Brookfield Dr, Kensington, MD 20895

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/30/1984
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:10/03/1984

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360587943    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $460 $0 $0 $0 $0 $460
Current Penalty $460 $0 $0 $0 $0 $460
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260651 M 06/12/1984 06/15/1984 $460 $460 $0 06/28/1984 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 19260028 A 06/12/1984 06/15/1984 $0 $0 $0 06/28/1984 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02002 Other 19260050 D01 06/12/1984 06/15/1984 $0 $0 $0 06/28/1984 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14459523Event: 04/25/1984Bearing Wall Fell Into Adjacent Excavation Onto Employees
ON 4-25-84, THREE EMPLOYEES WERE IN AN EXCAVATION, LEVELING OFF THE BOTTOM WITH SHOVELS. THIS WAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF POURING FOOTERS FOR THE WALLS OF AN ELEVATOR SHAFT. ON 4-24-84 THE EMPLOYEES DUG BELOW THE BASE OF THE FOOTERS ON AN ADJACENT RETAINING WALL AND ALSO UNDERMINED THE BEARING WALL 16 INCHES. ON 4-24-84 THEY ALSO REMOVED THE FOOTERS UNDER THE RETAINING WALL, EXCEPT AT THE NORTH AND SOUTH ENDS OF THE EXCAVATION. THERE WAS ONE FOOT OF FOOTERS LEFT AT THE SOUTH END. THERE WAS NO ATTEMPT TO MAKE THE EXCAVATION SAFE AT THE RETAINING WALL AND THE WALL WAS NOT UNDERPINNED. THERE WAS 16 INCHES OF THE WALL OVER THE EXCAVATION AND 2 INCHES OF THE WALL WAS RESTING ON 1 INCH OF CONCRETE BASE. THE WALL WAS 4'4" WIDE WITH A 2'3" ARCH AND WAS 8' 10" HIGH AND 18 INCHES THICK. WALL AND ARCH WAS HELD ONLY AT THE ARCH AND TWO INCHES OF BASE ON A ONE INCH CONCRETE PAD. THE WALL AND ARCH FELL INTO THE EXCAVATION ONTO THE THREE EMPLOYEES.
Keywords: footings, excavation, underpinning, collapse, retaining wall
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 14842496 Fatality Concussion Construction trades, n.e.c.
2 14842496 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Construction trades, n.e.c.
3 14842496 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Supervisors; carpenters and related workers

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