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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309288983 - Wedekemper'S Construction, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Fairview Heights

Nr: 309288983Report ID: 0524530Open Date: 08/07/2007

Wedekemper'S Construction, Inc.
100 South Railroad
Patoka, IL 62875
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1541/General Contractors-Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
NAICS: 236210/Industrial Building Construction
Mailing: 12411 Corey Road, Carlyle, IL 62231

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/07/2007
Emphasis: L:Fall, S:Fall From HeightClose Case:01/30/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $6,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,600
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19260251 A01 12/26/2007 01/15/2008 $0 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260501 B01 12/26/2007 01/02/2008 $1,000 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260502 D15 II 12/26/2007 01/02/2008 $1,000 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004A Serious 19260503 A02 I 12/26/2007 01/15/2008 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01004B Serious 19260503 A02 II 12/26/2007 01/15/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 6. 01004C Serious 19260503 A02 III 12/26/2007 01/15/2008 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01005 Other 19260850 A 12/26/2007 01/15/2008 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200841534Event: 08/06/2007Employee Falls From Grain Silo And Is Killed
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on August 6, 2007, three employees were onsite at a grain company facility. The crew had been onsite for almost a month, making alterations to the grain handling mechanism. Weather conditions were in the high 90-degree Fahrenheit range, with slight breeze. Employee #1 was 19 years old and had started working for the company in May, 2007. Employee #1 was approximately 140 ft high working on a catwalk that had standard guardrails. The crew had installed a higher platform and was in the process of dismantling the lower one. A GCI crane was being used to hold the platform in place. Employee #1 was using an oxygen-acetylene torch to cut the steel. Employee #1 had a safety harness on but it was not connected to an anchor point. The foreman was near Employee #1 at the time of the accident, but was on the top of the grain bin and was not observing Employee #1. Employee #1 cut out a 19-in. by 37-in, section of the catwalk on which he was apparently standing. The section and Employee #1 fell to the landing 22 ft below. Employee #1 apparently hit a grain pipe which deflected him north of the lower platform. Employee #1 fell down through the metal roof of the dump shed and hit the steel beam which deflected him further north onto the concrete floor. Employee #1 sustained massive internal injuries due to falling approximately 140 ft, hitting the building structure, and then onto the concrete below. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: platform, steel beam, struck against, construction, fall, concrete, cutting and burning, silo
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309288983 Fatality Fracture Construction laborers

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