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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300522562 - Westar Mechanical, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Albany

Nr: 300522562Report ID: 0213100Open Date: 07/18/1996

Westar Mechanical, Inc.
307 North Street
Middletown, NY 10940
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
Mailing: 28-32 Sands Station Rd., P.O. Box 988, Middletown, NY 10940

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/03/1997
Close Case:06/12/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100740018    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 2 6
Current Violations 4 2 6
Initial Penalty $11,700 $63,000 $0 $0 $0 $74,700
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260100 A 01/06/1997 01/09/1997 $3,150 $3,150 $0 01/27/1997 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260651 J02 01/06/1997 01/09/1997 $2,250 $2,250 $0 01/27/1997 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260651 K01 01/06/1997 01/09/1997 $6,300 $6,300 $0 01/27/1997 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02001 Serious 19260652 A01 01/06/1997 01/09/1997 $6,300 $63,000 $0 01/27/1997 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 03001 Other 19101200 E01 01/06/1997 02/08/1997 $0 $0 $0 01/27/1997 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 03002 Other 19101200 H01 01/06/1997 02/08/1997 $0 $0 $0 01/27/1997 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200740017Event: 07/17/1996Employee Drowns In Trench Cave-In
Employee #1 was laying sewer piper in a 7.5 ft deep trench. At a depth of approximately 4 ft and running along the north wall of the trench was an 8 in. water line that contained water at 94 psi. The north wall of the trench caved in, and Employee #1 became trapped in the waist-high soil. The water line separated and water, flowing at a rate of 4,500 gallons per minute, filled the trench. Employee #1 drowned.
Keywords: pinned, construction, trench, high pressure, water pipe, drown, cave-in, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300522562 Fatality Asphyxia Helpers, construction trades

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