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Inspection: 310486881 - Ghonim Steel Company Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 310486881Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 03/20/2007

Ghonim Steel Company Inc
800 S Central Ave
Glendale, CA 91204
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1791/Structural Steel Erection
NAICS: 238120/Structural Steel and Precast Concrete Contractors
Mailing: 8800 Mettler St, Los Angeles, CA 90003

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/04/2007
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:02/05/2019
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $825 $0 $13,425
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $825 $0 $13,425
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 14300040 A 04/09/2007 05/12/2007 $275 $275 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 1509 A 04/09/2007 05/12/2007 $550 $550 $0 -
  3. 02001 Serious 1710 M03 04/09/2007 04/19/2007 $12,600 $12,600 $0 05/29/2007 D - Govt Dismissed

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202453346Event: 03/19/2007Employee Injured In Fall From Steel Beam
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on March 19, 2007, Employee #1, an ironworker, was connecting structural steel during construction of a medical center. He had been working at the site for three weeks. He was standing on the top flange of an 18-inch I-beam, 31 feet 7 inches above a concrete surface, waiting for another I-beam to be delivered to his location by a crane. The proper I-beam could not be immediately located and he began walking east on an I-beam, and turned north on another I-beam. There were conflicting statements about whether he was walking on the top flange of the I-beam, or walking on the bottom flange of the I-beam (cooning). Physical evidence and credible statements indicated that he was walking on the top flange of the I-beam. He stopped to adjust his tool belt and his foot slipped. As he began to fall, he dove forward and attempted to grab the top flange of the I-beam he had been walking on. He was not able to maintain his grip, fell, and struck another structural I-beam that was 11 feet 7 inches below the beam he had been walking on. He attempted to grab the top flange of this I-beam but was unable to maintain his grip. He fell the remaining 20 feet to the concrete below. He was transported to USC Medical Center, where he was rushed into emergency surgery, stabilized, and was hospitalized for four days for further treatment. He sustained a fractured L-5 vertebra in his back and a ruptured spleen, resulting in internal bleeding. The injured employee was working with, and in close proximity to, another ironworker. The supervisor of Employee #1 had been monitoring the I-beam lifts, and was trying to locate the next I-beam to be connected. Interviews were conducted with the supervisor, the ironworker assisting Employee #1, the crane operator, and the independent building inspector. The investigation concluded that Employee #1 had been walking on the top flange of an I-beam, 31 feet 7 inches above a concrete working surface, without fall protection, as required.
Keywords: fracture, steel beam, spleen, construction, rupture, fall, fall protection, walking on beam, vertebra, steel connecting
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310486881 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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