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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 313374381 - Nichols Construction, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 313374381Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 07/23/2010

Nichols Construction, Llc
Mount View Road
Welch, WV 24801
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 238990/All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Mailing: Post Office Box 1179, Vasant, VA 24656

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:09/30/2010
Close Case:10/28/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19040032 B03 10/19/2010 10/29/2010 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200632248Event: 07/22/2010Employee Dies Of Heat Stress
At approximately 7:30 p.m. on July 22, 2010, Employee #1, a groundsman, had been working with a line crew that was stringing fiber optic line along existing poles on a hillside. The crew was finishing their work on a day that had temperatures measuring in the 90s and a heat advisory had been placed for the region. Employee #1 was carrying empty block rollers up a steep hill to one of the crew's trucks when witnesses saw him stumble to one knee. After Employee #1 assurred his coworkers that he was alright he continued up the hill and disappeared over a small dip in the path he was taking. After several moments of not seeing him continue up the path, Employee #1's foreman went to check on him and found him on the ground unconscious with labored breathing. The foreman and other workers contacted emergency services to respond and promptly removed Employee #1's shirt and held a road sign over him to provide shade. Other coworkers stated that frequent breaks were taken and plenty of water was available and consumed by all employees during the day. Employee #1 passed away after being transported to a local hospital.
Keywords: knee, heat, heat stroke
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313374381 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Laborers, except construction

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