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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310418546 - Pacific Gas & Electric Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 310418546Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 01/11/2008

Pacific Gas & Electric Company
2501 Hwy 193
Cool, CA 95614
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1623/Water, Sewer, Pipeline, and Communications and Power Line Construction
NAICS: 237130/Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: P.O. Box 770000, San Francisco, CA 94177

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/16/2008
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)Close Case:07/02/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $36,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $36,900
Current Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 2941 F01 B 06/30/2008 07/14/2008 $10,000 $7,200 $0 07/23/2008 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 02001 Serious 2941 H04 06/30/2008 07/14/2008 $0 $7,200 $0 07/23/2008 D - Govt Dismissed
Deleted 3. 03001 Serious 2946 A 06/30/2008 07/14/2008 $0 $22,500 $0 07/23/2008 D - Govt Dismissed

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202486148Event: 01/11/2008Employee Electrocuted In Contact With Energized Guy Line
On January 11, 2008, an employee of Pacific Gas and Electric reported storm damage to power lines at pole #074530 along Highway 193. A crew consisting of Employee #1 and three coworkers was sent out to make repairs. Due to the wet conditions, the boom truck could not get close enough to the site without becoming stuck in the mud. This meant that the crew had to climb the pole. They held a short safety meeting, which covered de-energizing, grounding, and hot stick work to open cut-out fuses. However, the crew members later stated, neither the pole nor the guy was tested to see if they were de-energized. Employee #1 and one coworker, who was also the acting foreman for the crew, climbed the pole, with Employee #1 working on top. Another coworker served as the groundsman for the two on the pole. The fourth coworker remained with the boom truck, on the opposite site of the Highway 193. When Employee #1 climbed above the first level of crossbraces, which supported telephone cables, he was within working distance of the cut-out fuses. According to the foreman, Employee #1 was positioning himself with his left knee resting against the telephone cables when he reached out with his leather-gloved left hand and grabbed the downed metal guy. The groundsman heard a crackling sound, looked up, and saw that Employee #1 could not release his hand from the guy. The foreman and the groundsman used a hot stick to try and free Employee #1 from the energized wire. The groundsman reported that during this time the amperage continued to build. He and the foreman then heard a loud noise and saw a fireball envelop Employee #1, after which he fell onto the telephone cables. The coworker who had stayed with the truck called 911, and Emergency Services arrived within 8 to 10 minutes. Employee #1 was electrocuted.
Keywords: elec protect equip, repair, power line worker, work rules, electrocuted, construction, guy, elec circ part--misc, electrical fault, utility pole
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310418546 Fatality Electric Shock Electrical power installers and repairers

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