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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309091874 - Potelco, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Bellevue

Nr: 309091874Report ID: 1032300Open Date: 04/30/2007

Potelco, Inc
Naval Base Kitsap - Bangor
Silverdale, WA 98315
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
NAICS: 238210/Electrical Contractors
Mailing: 14103 8th Street E, Sumner, WA 98390

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/15/2007
Emphasis: S:ElectricalClose Case:07/21/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 6
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $16,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $16,300
Current Penalty $6,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19100269 C 06/25/2007 06/28/2007 $0 $1,800 $0 07/13/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100269 N03 06/25/2007 07/30/2007 $4,500 $2,250 $0 07/13/2007 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19100269 P04 I 06/25/2007 07/30/2007 $0 $4,500 $0 07/13/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100269 P04 II 06/25/2007 07/30/2007 $1,500 $4,500 $0 07/13/2007 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01005 Serious 19100269 P04 III 06/25/2007 07/30/2007 $2,250 $2,250 $0 07/13/2007 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 6. 01006 Serious 19100269 Q01 III 06/25/2007 07/30/2007 $1,000 $1,000 $0 07/13/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201580982Event: 04/30/2007Employee Electrocuted When Derrick Boom Contacts Electric Li
On April 30, 2007, Employee #1, an apprentice, and coworkers were setting up a new wood pole for a 7200 kilovolt distribution line. They first drilled the hole with the insulated boom situated under the lines and at full extension. The crew then retracted the boom fully, making it uninsulated, and began to unload the replacement pole from the truck. While maneuvering the pole, the signalman allowed the boom to violate the approach distance of 25 in. The operator started to boom down and before the signalman could react, had touched one phase line. The operator immediately boomed back up, breaking the conductive path. At the moment of contact Employee #1 was moving around the truck to help the signalman. He was apparently trying to steady himself while climbing over a pallet of power cables, and had one hand on a grab bar of the truck and the other hand on a metal garage door. The electrical current entered the palm of Employee #1's left hand and exited through the fingers of his right hand. He was able to take one or two steps and respond to a question before collapsing. Coworkers and the responding paramedics administered CPR, but Employee #1 died.
Keywords: clearance, derrick truck, overhead power line, signalman, cpr, work rules, electrocuted, struck against, construction, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309091874 Fatality Electric Shock Occupation not reported

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