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Inspection: 300870656 - Asplundh Construction Corp

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 300870656Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 06/25/2009

Asplundh Construction Corp
3431 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 11135 Knott Avenue Ste F, Cypress, CA 90630

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/30/2009
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:11/02/2010
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102576717    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $41,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $41,400
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
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 2943 E02 B 12/02/2009 12/29/2009 $0 $18,000 $0 12/24/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 02001 Serious 2943 F03 12/02/2009 12/29/2009 $0 $5,400 $0 12/24/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 2943 F04 12/02/2009 12/29/2009 $18,000 $18,000 $0 12/24/2009 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202540845Event: 06/25/2009Employee Receives Burns And Other Injures From Flash Fire
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 25, 2009, Employee #1 and two coworkers were working at a site on a college campus in Los Angeles, CA. Employee #1 and a coworker were completing an assignment within an underground electrical vault at this site. Employee #1 and the coworker had clearance to enter the vault and splice a cable. Employee #1 came to the site and blocked off the work area with cones. After a tailboard meeting with the crew, Employee #1 had air forced into the vault and the inside atmosphere of the vault checked, which was found to be at acceptable levels. Employee #1 then donned on personal protective equipment and a fire suit. He and a coworker descended approximately 20 ft into the vault, where they cleaned and pumped water out of the vault. They used a Tic Tracer, which was an audio signaling sensor device, to examine the cable and recorded no sound. They also tested the cable with an amp meter and obtained a zero amp reading. Using the Tic Tracer on another cable, they obtained a good signal. While standing from a ladder, Employee #1 opened the cable's exterior lead shield, and obtained a faint response on the amp meter, but it was deemed too faint to be positive. However, when using the Tic Tracer, he received a no positive reading. He then cut into the cable more. When he did this, the line shorted to ground, causing a flash fire. Employee #1 fell off the ladder injuring his back. He sustained severe burns on face, neck and arms, and hearing loss. Employee #1 was transported to a medical center, where he underwent treatment and surgery, and was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, electric arc, electrical vault, electrical, ppe, fire, neck, arm, electrical splice, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300870656 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; electricians & power transm. install.

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