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Inspection: 314829680 - Cleveland Wrecking Company

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Nr: 314829680Report ID: 0950646Open Date: 06/19/2012

Cleveland Wrecking Company
2401 Coffee Road
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1795/Wrecking and Demolition Work
NAICS: 238910/Site Preparation Contractors
Mailing: 628 E. Edna Place, Covina, CA 91723

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/12/2012
Close Case:12/03/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102783180    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 4 5
Current Violations 1 4 5
Initial Penalty $18,000 $2,250 $20,250
Current Penalty $10,000 $2,250 $12,250
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 341 D03 12/12/2012 12/17/2012 $1,125 $1,125 $0 12/26/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 1509 A 12/12/2012 12/17/2012 $225 $225 $0 12/26/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 3395 F03 12/12/2012 01/04/2013 $225 $225 $0 12/26/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 1734 A 12/12/2012 12/17/2012 $675 $675 $0 12/26/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 02001 Serious 1735 M01 12/12/2012 12/17/2012 $10,000 $18,000 $0 12/26/2012 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202471348Event: 06/19/2012Employee Is Killed When Aerial Lifting Device Overturns
At approximately 9:15 a.m. on June 19, 2012, Employee #1, a laborer employed by Cleveland Wrecking Company, was engaged in demolishing a floating roof type stor age tank, approximately 130 feet in diameter and 40 feet tall, at a non-operatio nal PG&E power plant. He was positioned approximately 40 feet above the ground, on the platform of a Genie telescopic boom lift, Model Number S-60, Serial Numbe r S6007-15084. Employee #1 had previously cut an entrance 24 feet high by 21 fee t wide on the east side of the tank to access the inside of the tank with the li ft. At the time of the accident, he had finished cutting vertically over the cen ter of the entrance to the tank, and then had positioned the boom lift just nort h of the vertical cut he had made. He elevated the lift basket over the tank to signal a coworker, who was operating the excavator, to push in the wall section to the south of the cut employee #1 had made. As the coworker pushed the south w all section inward with the excavator, the wall section north of the vertical cu t also collapsed inward and struck the boom lift. The boom lift was knocked back wards. It overturned and hit the floor of the tank. Employee #1 sustained blunt force trauma to his head, chest, abdomen, and pelvic area. He died from these in juries. The accident was reported to Cal/OSHA's Bakersfield District office by t he employer at 11:10 a.m. on June 19, 2012. Investigation revealed that one day before the accident, Employee #1 partially removed a section of the tank girder. This girder was located 3 feet from the top of the tank and extended around the outside of the tank. The girder was removed from just north of the tank entranc e to about one-fourth way around the northeast side of the tank. Removing the gi rder contributed to the instability of the tank. The tank wall section that was cut just prior to the accident was approximately 40 feet high and did not have a ny lateral support. No civil engineering data was available at the time of the i ncident substantiating the capability of any of the wall sections over one story or 12 feet in height to stand alone without lateral support.
Keywords: chest, head, demolition, collapse, unsecured, excavator, struck by, tank, aerial lift, cutting and burning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314829680 Fatality Fracture Construction laborers

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