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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300697760 - Bureau Of Land Management

Inspection Information - Office: Portland

Nr: 300697760Report ID: 1032700Open Date: 01/29/1999

Bureau Of Land Management
10 Mi N. Of Willamina On Willamina Creek Rd
Willamina, OR 97396
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1629/Heavy Construction, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 1717 Fabry Road Ne, Salem, OR 97306

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/06/1999
Emphasis: L:FedsafeClose Case:07/12/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260020 B04 06/09/1999 07/13/1999 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 06/09/1999 07/13/1999 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19600008 A 06/09/1999 07/13/1999 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200970036Event: 01/27/1999Employee Drowns When Excavator Falls Into Roadside Pond
Employee #1 was using an excavator to remove quantities of debris blocking the mouth of a culvert under a logging road. Heavy rains had caused a 20 ft deep by 40 ft wide by 60 ft long body of water to form next to the road and to flow over it. As he removed debris from the bottom of the pool of water, the side of the road on which the excavator was located was gouged away. This undermined the surface on which the excavator was situated, but since the water was muddy and as high as the surface of the road, Employee #1 did not notice this. When the excavator arm was extended and caused the machine's center of gravity to shift beyond the road surface, the excavator fell into the water. It landed on the door of the operator's cab, trapping Employee #1 inside. He died as a result of drowning. Employee #1 had never been involved in removing material from such a large project, and he was unfamiliar with the slope of the shoulder at the side of the road.
Keywords: equipment operator, construction, earthmoving equip, clogged, inexperience, excavator, unstable soil, drown, unstable position, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300697760 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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