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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1486438.015 - Mcs Communication, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa

Nr: 1486438.015Report ID: 0751910Open Date: 08/03/2020

Mcs Communication, Llc
Lincoln And Main
Pella, IA 50219
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: 4241 Stough Road, Concord, NC 28027

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/03/2020
Emphasis: N:TrenchClose Case:02/10/2021

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1635755    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $15,912 $0 $0 $319 $0 $16,231
Current Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $250 $0 $12,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $3,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19260416 A02 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $6,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19260416 A03 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $0 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19260651 B03 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $3,000 $3,978 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02001A Other 19040029 B01 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $250 $319 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02001B Other 19040029 B04 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02001C Other 19040040 A 10/22/2020 01/15/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 128261.015Event: 08/01/2020Two Employees Are Killed When Underground Power Line Explode
At 8:30 a.m. on August 1, 2020, Employees #1, #2, and #3, employed by a electrical services company in the telecommunications field, were working on a multi-employer construction project at the intersection of two streets. They were potholing to locate underground utility lines, with the aim to then bore in a new fiber optic line under the intersection. After finding what they thought was over-pour from the concrete curb, they used a Ring-o-matic Vacuum Excavator to excavate over top of the concrete. They then used a jackhammer on the concrete. The jackhammer bit made contact with a 12,470-volt underground electrical distribution line, and an electric arc explosion occurred. Employees #1 and #2 were killed by electrocution. Employee #3, who was knocked down by the force of the explosion, was transported to the hospital, where he was observed, determined to have no injuries, and released.
Keywords: undrgrd installation, optical fiber cable, power lines, jackhammer, installing, excavator, excavation, electrocuted, electric arc, explosion, contact, electric current, concrete, drill, construction, undrgrd power l
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1486438.015 Fatality Electric Shock Construction Laborer
2 1486438.015 Fatality Electric Shock Construction Laborer

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