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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 308090448 - Apcom Power, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Kansas City

Nr: 308090448Report ID: 0728500Open Date: 02/03/2005

Apcom Power, Inc.
21500 East Truman Road
Independence, MO 64056
Union Status: Union
SIC: 7699/Repair Shops and Related Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 238220/ Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Mailing: 9898 Pflumm Road, Lenexa, KS 66215

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:05/13/2005
Close Case:10/20/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,000
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $6,750 $0 $8,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100028 I09 05/19/2005 05/24/2005 $1,750 $3,500 $0 06/14/2005 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 19100146 C07 II 05/19/2005 06/21/2005 $2,500 $2,500 $0 06/14/2005 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 19100146 C09 I 05/19/2005 06/21/2005 $2,500 $2,500 $0 06/14/2005 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100146 G01 05/19/2005 06/21/2005 $1,500 $1,500 $0 06/14/2005 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200001956Event: 01/28/2005Employee Dies After Being Trapped Under Collapsed Scaffold
On January 28, 2005, Employee #1 and a coworker, both employees of APCom Power Inc., were repairing a leaking tube in a boiler at the Independence Power and Light Blue Valley Power Plant. Independence Power and Light (IPL) had a service agreement with APCom Power Inc. to service boilers and repair leaks. The contract employees were working as a two-man crew with no direct supervision by IPL. Employee #1 was the foreman and both employees were boilermakers by trade. The coworker was working at the third floor level of the boiler performing welding on casings on the outside of the boiler. Employee #1 had finished all work inside the boiler and was scheduled to break down the basket of the single-point adjustable suspension scaffold and remove it from the boiler. The employees ate lunch together at 4:30 a.m. and the coworker went back to the third floor at 5:00 a.m. to resume his work duties. The next break time occurred at 6:15 a.m. and the coworker returned to the bottom floor of the boiler to check in with Employee #1 when he found him laying unconscious with his head against the boiler door, his feet straddling the scaffold basket, and the scaffold partially collapsed on top of him. The rollers of the scaffold mast were lying just below his navel, his thighs were between the top rail and mid rail of the work cage, and the hoist motor and motor mount were positioned at his knees. The coworker found an IPL employee and emergency services were called. The employees returned to the boiler and attempted to free Employee #1 from the scaffold. The coworker operated the scaffold hoist to take the slack out of the wire rope and lift the scaffold mast, motor, and motor mount from Employee #1's body. Another employee, an IPL shift supervisor, administered CPR to Employee #1 but never got a response. The Fire Department arrived at the scene at 6:24 a.m. followed by the American Medical Response ambulance service at 6:29 a.m. Employee #1 was transported to MCI hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was conducted. The coroner's report indicated that the victim died of mechanical asphyxia from being trapped by the partially collapsed scaffold.
Keywords: asphyxiated, boiler, equipment failure, struck by, falling object, scaffold
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 308090448 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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