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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $31,207 $0 $0 $0 $0 $31,207
Current Penalty $16,144 $0 $0 $2,580 $0 $18,724
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/05/2021 04/12/2021 $10,000 $13,653 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100151 C 03/05/2021 04/12/2021 $6,144 $12,288 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003A Other 19101200 E01 I 03/05/2021 04/12/2021 $2,580 $5,266 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003B Other 19101200 H01 03/05/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02001 Other 19100134 C02 II 03/05/2021 04/12/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 129373.015 Event: 09/08/2020Employee Is Killed When Struck By Railcars
At 12:00 noon on September 9, 2020, an employee, a temporary worker, was perform ing the duties of ground man, directing movement of railcars on the railroad spu r, a task he had performed multiple times per day over a 9-month period. The emp loyee's job was to throw the first rail switch once it was cleared by the four e mpty cars and Trackmobile, Titan railcar mover. Upon clearing the switch, the em ployee gave the all clear over the radio, signaling to the operator. The operato r was new and had a trainer in the cab with him. The employee then walked approx imately 140-feet to the next switch, threw the switch and gave the all clear. Th e 2nd switch is on the left side of the tracks. It was expected of the ground ma n to mount the left side ladder rung or walk on the left side of the cars to the next point of contact with the operator to signal distances to the all stop poi nt. The train cars moved at approximately 1-1? MPH and the rungs are uniform, 27 -inches off of the ground. The operator did not receive contact from the ground man at an expected point on the track and attempted to call the employee on the radio with no response. At this time, the trainer directed the operator to bring the train to all stop. Upon stopping the cars the trainer and operator exited t he Trackmobile and observed the employee caught up in the wheel well of the left side of the Trackmobile. The employee had been slowly dismembered to death up t o below his ribcage, along the tracks a few hundred feet, prior to the all stop.
Keywords: railroad car, railroad track, struck by, train
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1492082.015 Fatality Guides

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