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Inspection: 314864208 - The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 314864208Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 01/07/2013

The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
4867 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1542/General Contractors-Nonresidential Buildings, Other than Industrial Buildings and Warehouses
NAICS: 236220/Commercial and Institutional Building Construction
Mailing: 250 Commerce, Ste. 150, Irvine, CA 92602

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/29/2013
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)Close Case:09/13/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102762564    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $750 $0 $18,750
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $7,750 $0 $7,750
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 1509 A 04/02/2013 05/05/2013 $750 $750 $0 04/25/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3583 F01 04/02/2013 04/12/2013 $7,000 $18,000 $0 04/25/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202544508Event: 12/26/2012Worker'S Knee Is Fractured When Grinding Wheel Explodes
At approximately 2:15 p.m. on December 26, 2012, Employee #1, of Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, was working with three fellow employees and several subcontractors to construct an addition to an existing hospital in Los Angeles. Employee #1 and Coworker #1 were working in the second floor courtyard of the hospital. They were assigned to remove cured concrete from around a floor drain to permit the application of a water proofing material. Coworker #1 had removed concrete with an electric chipping hammer, and Employee #1 was about to smooth the concrete with a grinder equipped with a 6-inch flared cup stone grinding wheel. Employee #1 turned on the grinder, and immediately the grinding wheel violently broke apart, causing stone wheel shards to strike his knee. Employee #1 sustained lacerations and a fracture to his patella. He required hospitalization and surgery to repair the fracture. He was released from the hospital on December 27, 2012. The employer reported this injury to Cal/OSHA at 11:40 a.m. on December 27, 2012. Cal/OSHA began its investigation on January 7, 2013. Investigation determined that the grinding wheel was not effectively inspected to discover possible damage and that it exceeded the maximum rated RPM of the grinding wheel. A serious citation was issued for a violation of T8 CCR 3583(f) The inspection and mounting of abrasive wheels.
Keywords: grinder, knee, fracture, inadequate maint, drain pipe, floor opening, struck by, grinding wheel, concrete, mech malfunction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314864208 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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