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Inspection: 1495751.015 - Ventura Directional Drilling

Inspection Information - Office: Bakersfield District Office

Nr: 1495751.015Report ID: 0950647Open Date: 09/29/2020

Ventura Directional Drilling
Toro Creek Rdnull
Morro Bay, CA 93442
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 17902 East Telegraph Rd.Null, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/24/2021
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $47,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $47,250
Current Penalty $47,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $47,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 1509(A) 03/25/2021 04/06/2021 $15,750 $15,750 $0 05/03/2021 C - Contested
  2. 02001 Serious 3314(C) 03/25/2021 04/06/2021 $15,750 $15,750 $0 05/03/2021 C - Contested
  3. 03001 Serious 4001 03/25/2021 04/06/2021 $15,750 $15,750 $0 05/03/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 130651.015Event: 09/29/2020Employee Is Killed When Entangled In Turning Pipe, Cable, An
At 11:00 a.m. on September 29, 2020, Employee #1 and Coworkers #1 and #2, employ ed by a heavy construction company, were engaged in horizontal drilling in a tre nch as part of a water and sewer treatment plant construction project. They had finished drilling a 1,387-foot-long pilot drill and were using a larger diamete r reamer to push ream a larger hole. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 were breaking rods as Coworker #2 operated a Ditch Witch JT10 more than 1,380 feet away and ou t of sight of Employee #1 and Coworker #1. Coworker #2 turned off the drilling process without communicating to Employee # 1 and Coworker #1 that he had locked the drilling operation. Employee #1 placed hydraulic tongs on the drill pipe. Unaware of Employee #1's action, Coworker #2 turned on the drilling operation. The pipe began to turn, which caused the hydraulic hoses and the cables to catc h and wrap Employee #1 around the pipe. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: caught by, construction, drill pipe, entangled, hose, sewer, trench, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1495751.015 Fatality Operating engineers

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