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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 314235433 - Veolia Energy Philadelphia, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Philadelphia

Nr: 314235433Report ID: 0317000Open Date: 06/23/2011

Veolia Energy Philadelphia, Inc.
2600 Christian Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4961/Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply
NAICS: 221330/Steam and Air-Conditioning Supply

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/29/2011
Close Case:02/23/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $17,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $17,000
Current Penalty $17,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $17,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100179 N04 I 10/05/2011 10/10/2011 $17,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100179 L03 II 10/05/2011 10/10/2011 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19100179 M01 10/05/2011 10/10/2011 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003A Serious 19100184 D 10/05/2011 10/10/2011 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01003B Serious 19100184 I01 10/05/2011 10/10/2011 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 6. 01003C Serious 19100184 I09 II 10/05/2011 10/10/2011 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202005518Event: 06/23/2011Employee Is Fatally Struck By A Crane'S Falling Load Block
On June 23, 2011, Employee #1 working for an electrical subcontractor was assisting Employee #2, the crane operator in the movement of a gang box (owned by the electrical subcontractor) via a permanently installed overhead bridge crane. The crane had two hoists (80 ton Main Hoist (MH) & 10 ton Auxiliary Hoist (AH)). The crane was remote controlled. The crane's MH was being used to lower the gang box to a different level. Employee #1 was assisting Employee #2 in the rigging of the gang box and connecting it to the MH load block's hook. Employee #2 briefly operated the AH controller thinking he was actuating the MH controller on the remote control box. Employee #2 then moved his hand over to the MH controller and raised the gang box several feet so it could pass over an adjacent guardrail. Prior to the crane moving the gang box horizontally, a loud noise was heard from above. Subsequently the AH load block assembly became separated from its wire rope load line and came crashing down striking Employee #1 who was standing directly under it. This AH load block weighed 231 pounds and free fell approximately 35 feet. The AH upper limit switch assembly did not function to prevent the two-block condition. Two-blocking occurs when the hoist block comes into contact with a structural component of the crane's trolley assembly and ultimately causing the hoist's wire rope to break. The AH upper limit switch was not tested for proper operation prior to use. The crane was not used daily. Employee #2 was an employee of the company who owned the crane. Employee #1 died from his injuries.
Keywords: overhead crane, crane operator, rigging, guardrail, rope, hoist, struck by, crane
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314235433 Occupation not reported

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