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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302578034 - Texas Terminal L.P.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 302578034Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 04/09/2001

Texas Terminal L.P.
15902 Peninsula Blvd.
Houston, TX 77015
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4491/Marine Cargo Handling
Mailing: 15902 Peninsula Blvd, Houston, TX 77015

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/10/2001
Close Case:04/26/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $7,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,500
Current Penalty $7,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19180024 E01 04/19/2001 04/23/2001 $2,500 $2,500 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19180024 E02 04/19/2001 04/23/2001 $2,500 $2,500 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19180105 B 04/19/2001 04/23/2001 $2,500 $2,500 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201761301Event: 04/07/2001Employee Killed In Fall Off Ladder Into River And Drowned
Two different loading gangs were in the process of unloading a ship called the Letador. One crew was unloading cardboard type cargo onto the dock while another crew was unloading crane parts into a river barge, Number CGB 123, which was secured on the port side of the ship. The river barge Number CGB 123 was then moved to the channel end of the slip. Different gang members were sent, at different times, to finish loading the river barge. While gang members were arriving, they were assigned different jobs. Three large pieces of an overhead crane were to be loaded into barge Number CGB 123. A gang was assigned to go into the hold of the barge to disconnect and secure the loads. The crew used a Louisville 12-foot fiberglass ladder to gain access to the barge, which was placed from the dock onto the barge. The gang climbed onto the barge and placed a 22-foot extension ladder into the hold for gaining access and egress to the hold. Once the barge was loaded completely, Employee #1 was getting off the barge and going home. Employee #1 then walked to the Louisville 12 foot ladder. As he was climbing down the ladder, the ladder slipped off the barge and he fell, striking the dock with his chin. Employee #1 fell into a two foot area of open water between the dock and the barge, and drowned. Other employees dove into the water in an attempt to rescue Employee #1, but to no avail. The water next to the dock was 35 feet deep, and visibility was 12 inches. Employee #1 was pulled out after being in the water for an hour and 42 minutes.
Keywords: barge, ladder, slip, fall, concussion, drown
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302578034 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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