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Inspection: 303704506 - Wheatland Tube Co (Sharon Plant)

Inspection Information - Office: Erie

Nr: 303704506Report ID: 0336000Open Date: 11/09/2000

Wheatland Tube Co (Sharon Plant)
200 Clark Street
Sharon, PA 16146
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3644/Noncurrent-Carrying Wiring Devices
Mailing: P.O.Box 11, Sharon, PA 16146

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/04/2001
Close Case:04/24/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
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 19100176 B 03/15/2001 04/10/2001 $3,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200380327Event: 11/09/2000Employee Killed When Bundles Of Conduit Fell On Him
On November 9, 2000, Employee #1, a contract truck driver, was on site to pick up a load of conduit piping for transport. After the load was transferred to his truck by employees of the pipe manufacturing company, Employee #1 was completing the process of securing the load for transport over the road. All tarps were installed and it appeared as if Employee #1 was making final adjustments and tying down the load when the accident occurred. At that time, Employee #1 was standing adjacent to the truck and using a cheater bar to tighten the load. A stack of 2-in. metal conduit was located approximately 6 ft 6 in. from the truck. This stack of conduit was approximately 8 ft high and consisted of three bundles of conduit, each weighing approximately 4000 lb. The top two bundles fell, striking Employee #1 and forcing him to the ground and under the truck. Employee #1 suffered internal hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma to the chest and multiple fractures of the ribs, clavicle, pelvis, and femur and subsequently died. There were no witnesses to the accident, however, it was noted that the cribbing used between the bundles of conduit allowed the bundles to extend approximately 6 in. over the lower bundle.
Keywords: chest, fracture, conduit, truck, pelvis, fall, pipe, struck by, dunnage, truck driver
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303704506 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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