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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 6
Current Violations 6 6
Initial Penalty $7,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,200
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19260020 B01 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $1,050 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19260021 B02 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19260050 C 10/16/1996 01/17/1997 $500 $750 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  4. 01003 Serious 19260403 B01 10/16/1996 10/21/1996 $1,050 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004A Serious 19260404 B01 II 10/16/1996 10/21/1996 $1,050 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01004B Serious 19260405 A02 IIG 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01005 Serious 19260404 F06 10/16/1996 10/21/1996 $1,050 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01006A Serious 19101200 E01 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $300 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01006B Serious 19101200 E01 I 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01006C Serious 19101200 G08 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01006D Serious 19101200 H 10/16/1996 12/04/1996 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201340072 Event: 09/25/1996Electric Shock - Ground Fault In Portable Light
A lead worker and his helper were installing a 4.5-metric-ton heating and cooling unit at a residence. The helper needed to crawl underneath the house to check the ductwork, so the lead directed him to get a light from the truck. While the lead worker continued hooking up the heating and cooling unit, the helper retrieved an extension cord set and a metal-cased portable handlamp rather than the flashlight from the truck. The helper went to the back of the house and plugged the extension cord set into an interior, grounding-type receptacle outlet. He ran the cord set outside through the sliding glass doors and connected the portable handlamp to the extension cord. The helper then crawled on his stomach under the house through the exterior crawl space. It had been steadily raining for a couple of days up to and including the day of the accident, and there was standing water around the exterior of the house and in the crawl space. Apparently, when the employee got about halfway under the house, the light bulb separated from its base, and the handlamp contacted some standing water, energizing the ground in the area where the helper was lying. The helper received an electric shock and lost consciousness. Because the lead worker did not hear any activity under the house, he called out to the helper. When the helper did not respond, the lead worker went around to the back of the house, where he saw the helper sticking halfway out of the crawl space. When the helper did not respond, the lead worker jerked the handlamp cord away from the injured employee. Emergency medical services were called to no avail. The helper had been electrocuted. (The employee did not test the outlet, but later testing by an electrician hired by the homeowner determined that the outlet did not have a ground.)
Keywords: electrical, electrocuted, e c, ground fault, equipment grounding, electric light--port, crawl space, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301007597 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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