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Inspection: 315200519 - Rotert Construction Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa

Nr: 315200519Report ID: 0751910Open Date: 12/13/2010

Rotert Construction Co.
Ely Drive & Hwy 71
Carroll, IA 51401
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1522/General Contractors-Residential Buildings, Other Than Single-Family
NAICS: 236116/New Multifamily Housing Construction (except Operative Builders)
Mailing: 102 W. 4th Street, P.O. Box 205, Halbur, IA 51444

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:01/06/2011
Planning Guide: Health-Construction Close Case:03/31/2011
Emphasis: S:Fatality Catastrophe

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $1,500 $21,000 $0 $1,500 $0 $24,000
Current Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19260020 F02 03/02/2011 03/28/2011 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19260021 B06 I 03/02/2011 03/28/2011 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02001A Serious 880004 03/02/2011 03/28/2011 $21,000 $21,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001B Serious 19260055 B 03/02/2011 03/28/2011 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02001C Serious 19260057 A 03/02/2011 03/28/2011 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 03001 Other 19040039 A 03/02/2011 03/07/2011 $0 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200533974Event: 12/12/2010Employee Dies When Generator Exhaust Causes Asphyxiation
At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, 2010, Employee #1 told his spouse that he was going to a new six unit apartment construction site in Carroll, Iowa. The construction site had electric heaters energized by gas powered generators to prevent heaving of concrete floor. Employee #1 told his spouse that he was going to the site to refuel the generators. During the weekend the generators were moved inside the constructed building to prevent damage due to inclement weather or theft of the generators. At approximately 8:01 p.m. that same day, Employee #1's spouse called Employee #1's cell phone. Employee #1 did not answer the call. Employee #1's spouse found Employee #1 unresponsive, lying face down on the ground inside the doorway of a lower unit apartment where generators were running. The exhaust in the lower apartment unit caused by the generators was thick. Because of the exhaust, Employee #1's spouse had difficulty seeing Employee #1. Emergency services arrived on the site and began CPR. Employee #1 had a carboxyhemoglobin level greater than 75 and suffered from asphyxia. Employee #1 was transferred to a hospital, and was pronounced dead at 9:28 p.m. that evening in the hospital emergency room.
Keywords: unconsciousness, asphyxiated, heater, refueling, construction, exhaust fumes, carboxyhemoglobin, carbon monoxide, electric generator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315200519 Fatality Asphyxia Construction laborers

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