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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
Current Penalty $1,680 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,680
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 4084011401 09/30/2011 10/05/2011 $0 $2,100 $0 12/07/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 4084012102 09/30/2011 10/05/2011 $2,100 $2,100 $0 12/07/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260501 B04 09/30/2011 10/05/2011 $1,680 $2,100 $0 12/07/2011 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201408424 Event: 08/03/2011Employee Dies After Fall Into Underground Pit
On August 3, 2011 Employee #1, a contractor, was installing a sanitary sewer line. At approximately 4:21 p.m., a coworker opened a manhole cover to measure the depth of the main sewer line. Employee #1 was exposed to the toxic atmosphere, lost consciousness, and fell through the manhole approximately 21 ft to the bottom of the pit. At the bottom of the pit was approximately 10 in. of sewage and water. The coworker immediately entered the manhole without testing the atmosphere to try to rescue Employee #1. While climbing down the pit ladder, the coworker also lost consciousness and fell approximately 16 ft to the bottom of the pit. Emergency responders were summoned. A police officer and a civilian passerby entered the pit to rescue Employee #1 and his coworker. When they experienced the same conditions, they exited the manhole. Additional emergency personnel rescued Employee #1 and his coworker. Employee #1 was found unresponsive, lying face-down in the sewage and water, with a head contusion. He was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead. The coworker was responsive and made a full recovery.
Keywords: respiratory, sewer, asphyxiated, confined space, toxic atmosphere, pit, undrgrd installation, fall, manhole, sewage
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313313314 Fatality Other Construction laborers

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