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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300947256 - Kenny Construction Company

Inspection Information - Office: Chicago North

Nr: 300947256Report ID: 0524200Open Date: 08/19/1996

Kenny Construction Company
8300 Block Of Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, IL 60130
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1629/Heavy Construction, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 250 Northgate Parkway, Wheeling, IL 60090

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/04/1997
Close Case:01/04/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101260032    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $34,000 $34,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Unclass 5A0001 02/04/1997 02/07/1997 $34,000 $7,000 $0 02/26/1997 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201260031Event: 08/16/1996Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Manhole
Employee #1, a laborer, and his foreman arrived at a manhole to open a mechanical valve at the bottom of the manhole. While Employee #1 was removing the manhole cover, the foreman was 5 ft away at his truck getting the air tester. When the foreman turned around to go back to the manhole, he saw the top of Employee #1's head disappear into it. The foreman then looked down into the manhole and saw that Employee #1 was unconscious. The foreman tested the air in the manhole and obtained a reading of 14% oxygen. He immediately called 911, and Employee #1's body was retrieved by the local fire department with the use of SCBAs. OSHA's testing of the manhole showed oxygen levels of between 12 and 14 percent. Tests for carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, and flammable vapors were negative. Tests for carbon dioxide were positive, with a reading of 35,000 ppm.
Keywords: enclosed space, oxygen deficiency, unconsciousness, asphyxiated, work rules, construction, scba, manhole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300947256 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers

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