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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $9,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,800
Current Penalty $9,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260501 B01 05/25/1999 06/21/1999 $4,900 $4,900 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19260501 B01 05/25/1999 06/21/1999 $4,900 $4,900 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200200699 Event: 01/12/1999Employee Killed In Fall Into Open Pit
Employee #1 and a coworker were repairing a drooping segment of a safety cable that surrounded the perimeter of a 30 ft deep open pit, and two of the four angle iron uprights that supported the cable. Apparently, some interceptor pumps had been placed in the pit to address the 4 in. of standing water in the bottom of it. The electrical cords for the pumps, which weighed 6 lb per foot, had been pulled up from the pit and laid over a segment of the safety cable. Heavy manila rope had then been used to tie the cords to the cable to prevent them from falling back into the wet pit. As a result, the cable was sagging nearly to the ground, leaving that side of the pit unguarded. The coworker stood in the center of the coil of electrical cords while Employee #1 stood near the edge of the pit, facing outward. As he cut the manila rope to free the electrical cords from the cable safety barrier, he grabbed one of the angle iron uprights for support. When the electrical cords were free, the force of their weight knocked Employee #1 into the pit. He was killed.
Keywords: unsecured, work rules, perimeter guarding, construction, pit, fall, fall protection, lost balance
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300622602 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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