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Inspection: 314876194 - Lad, Inc. Dba Roto-Rooter

Inspection Information - Office: Nc Raleigh

Nr: 314876194Report ID: 0453710Open Date: 06/17/2011

Lad, Inc. Dba Roto-Rooter
216 C St.
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1711/Plumbing, Heating and Air-Conditioning
NAICS: 238220/ Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
Mailing: 524 Wilkes Rd., Fayetteville, NC 28306

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/07/2011
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:05/02/2012
Emphasis: L:Rescon, S:Program Improvements

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100362417    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,100
Current Penalty $1,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260416 A01 09/07/2011 10/03/2011 $1,400 $2,100 $0 A - Amendment

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200359289Event: 06/17/2011Electric Shock - Cause Unknown
Two plumbers were repairing broken pipes in a crawl space under a residence. The homeowner opened the house to allow the employees to enter, and then the homeowner departed. The crew had determined on the previous day that the crawl space presented little space to work in and that the ground in the crawl space was wet. Consequently, they decided to use hand tools only. There were five 177- by 355-millimeter vents around the crawl space perimeter. The workers made sure that the crawl space vents were open and clear. One of the workers entered the crawl space with a manual tubing cutter and a flashlight. (Both battery-powered and cord- and plug-connected electric tools were available on the work van.) He removed sections of plastic water line nearest the crawl space entry, which was 787 millimeters wide and 330 millimeters high, and moved further under the house. The two employees kept a running conversation as the first employee made his way into the crawl space. After the first employee had been inside the crawl space for approximately 7 to 8 minutes, his coworker went to the van for additional parts. When the coworker returned to the house, he heard the first employee screaming and thrashing about from an electric shock. The coworker called his office to request emergency medical services and then entered the crawl space to reach the injured employee. When he grabbed the injured employee's boot, he found that the injured employee was trembling, but unresponsive. The coworker cut a hole in the kitchen floor to reach the injured employee. However, when emergency medical services arrived, the emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead. He had been electrocuted. (The original form did not describe the source of the electric shock.
Keywords: electrical, e gi vii, electrocuted, wet operation, plumbing, crawl space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314876194 Fatality Electric Shock Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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