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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303762264 - Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Bellevue

Nr: 303762264Report ID: 1032300Open Date: 09/29/2003

Simpson Tacoma Kraft Company, Llc
801 Portland Ave
Tacoma, WA 98421
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2621/Paper Mills
NAICS: 322122/Newsprint Mills

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/23/2003
Close Case:12/29/2003

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101580371    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,600
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19180025 A01 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $6,300 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19180065 H07 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19180026 D 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $6,300 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19180097 D01 12/01/2003 12/04/2003 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201580859Event: 09/29/2003Employee Unloading Barge Drowns
Employee #1 was operating a front end loader, unloading a barge of woodchips. The woodchip barge was intended to be secured to a permanently moored barge. This would be done both by means of cables and by the weight of a ramp that allowed access from the permanently moored barge to the barge with the woodchips. The cables from the permanently moored barge to the barge with the woodchips were slack, though, and did not secure them together. After Employee #1 had replaced the door of the woodchip barge and with the front end loader still on the ramp, the woodchip barge moved forward. The ramp connecting them dropped into the water, causing the ramp lifting cable to fail and the front end loader to fall into the water too. The front end loader sank in approximately 25 feet of water, and Employee #1 drowned.
Keywords: barge, front end loader, ramp, unsecured, unstable surface, fall, mech mat handling, drown, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303762264 Fatality Asphyxia Excavating and loading machine operators

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