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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303446579 - R. B. Jergens Contractors, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cincinnati

Nr: 303446579Report ID: 0522000Open Date: 07/19/2000

R. B. Jergens Contractors, Inc.
5701 Este Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45232
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1794/Excavation Work
Mailing: 11418 North Dixie Drive, Vandalia, OH 45377

Inspection Type:Planned
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/19/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:02/05/2001
Emphasis: L:Roadcon, N:Trench, S:Construction

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $10,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,500
Current Penalty $3,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/01/2000 12/13/2000 $3,000 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 19260651 G01 I 12/01/2000 01/11/2001 $0 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19260651 K01 12/01/2000 12/13/2000 $0 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201951902Event: 07/18/2000Two Employees Burned From Methane Gas Ignition
Employee #1, Employee #2, and another employee were working in a landfill. The operation consisted of placing pipes within the landfill and extracting gases created from the decomposition of waste materials and routing them to a central collection location for burn-off or commercial sales. The gas was comprised mainly of methane with carbon dioxide and other organic gases. The gases were transferred from various locations within the landfill through 12 high density polyethylene piping (HDPE). The work involved installing a new gas collection line to tie into the existing 12 HDPE, which was located 3.5 to 4 feet below the ground surface. The three man crew had just finished excavating the existing pipeline and had placed the new line along its side to complete the connection. The connection was to be accomplished by use of an electro fusion process. The coupling had not been placed on the pipe prior to the event. Employee #1 cut the existing piping with a portable power tool to enable the connection to be made. After five minutes passed, Employee #1 again used the power tool to trim the gas fed side of the connection cut in the existing line so he could install a cap on the line. As this operation started, the methane gas ignited and burned Employee #1 on the face, arms, and hands. Employee #2 was also burned as he entered the excavation to rescue Employee #1. Employee #1 was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, portable power tool, excavation, natural gas, gas, landfill, carbon dioxide, pipe, arm, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303446579 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers
2 303446579 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Construction laborers

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