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Inspection: 301275236 - International Transportation Service Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca South (Hh Unit)

Nr: 301275236Report ID: 0950662Open Date: 06/14/2002

International Transportation Service Inc
1281 Pier J Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4491/Marine Cargo Handling
Mailing: 1281 Pier J Ave, Long Beach, CA 90733

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/29/2002
Planning Guide: Safety-Maritime Close Case:05/03/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $36,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $36,000
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $19,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A07 07/29/2002 08/05/2002 $1,000 $18,000 $0 02/03/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 5004 G01 07/29/2002 08/05/2002 $18,000 $18,000 $0 02/03/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 301275236Event: 06/14/2002Employee Killed After Falling From Maintenance Platform
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on June 14, 2002, Employee #1, working at the International Transportation Services, Inc. facility located at 1281 Pier J Avenue in Long Beach, California, was doing ship repair. Employee #1, the foreman, and several coworkers were working on a maintenance platform (flat rack). The maintenance platform was attached to a gantry crane, which was being operated by the foreman. Employee # 1 and the coworkers were on the maintenance platform, which was elevated approximately 60 to 70 ft. The maintenance platform remained suspended by the gantry crane and was then chained to the railing of the cargo ship of the Mercury Bridge. The employees were trying to straighten a railing, which had been damaged earlier in the day. The employees were heating the metal using an oxygen and acetylene torch. Employee #1 was using a come-along to assist with the straightening of the rail. While the rail was heated Employee #1 hit the railing with a sledgehammer. After several hits the come-along slipped, causing Employee #1 to lose his balance and move toward the end of the maintenance platform. The maintenance platform had a folding ramp that was 9 to 16 inches high. Employee #1 fell over the folding ramp and died.
Keywords: platform, maintenance, hand winch, repair, mechanic, gantry crane, fall, elevated work plat, lost balance, work surface
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301275236 Fatality Concussion Not specified mechanics and repairers

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