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Inspection: 305279515 - D.F. Tomasini Contractors, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Milwaukee

Nr: 305279515Report ID: 0523400Open Date: 08/14/2003

D.F. Tomasini Contractors, Inc.
Intersection Of K & E
Hartland, WI 53029
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: 909 Blackstone Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/08/2003
Close Case:03/09/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100120963    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,500
Current Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 10/21/2003 11/08/2003 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 10/21/2003 11/08/2003 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19260021 B06 I 10/21/2003 11/08/2003 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200122471Event: 08/14/2003Employee Dies From Asphyxiation In Manhole
Employee #1, a laborer, was flushing or flooding trenches (prior to backfilling) in a housing subdivision construction project, but had insufficient water pressure. The employee informed his coworker, the superintendent, that there was insufficient water pressure and they went to check the water valves. The coworker directed Employee #1 to check a water valve in a vault manhole approximately 15 feet deep. The coworker saw Employee #1 remove the manhole cover and went to check other water valves. Employee #1 determined that the valve could not be turned from above by a gate key, since it was a wheel type valve, and he entered the vault manhole to turn the valve by hand. When the coworker returned, he saw Employee #1 on the manhole ladder approximately 3 feet from the top. Employee #1 then lost his grip and fell back into the manhole. Employee #1 died from asphyxiation. Testing at the time of the accident indicated an oxygen deficient atmosphere and subsequent testing (one week later) indicated an oxygen deficient atmosphere and hazardous concentrations of carbon dioxide present in the vault manhole.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, confined space, construction, fixed ladder, valve, carbon dioxide, fall, manhole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305279515 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers

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