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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 315460253 - Railworks Track Systems

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa

Nr: 315460253Report ID: 0751910Open Date: 03/16/2011

Railworks Track Systems
19560 Bunge Avenue
Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1629/Heavy Construction, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 237990/Other Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
Mailing: 8485 W. 210th Street, P.O. Box 959, Lakeville, MN 55044

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/27/2011
Close Case:08/12/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100522309    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $3,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,750
Current Penalty $1,875 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,875
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 880004 05/06/2011 07/29/2011 $1,875 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100242 A 05/06/2011 07/29/2011 $0 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200534113Event: 03/08/2011Employee Is Struck By Flying Metal, Later Dies
On March 8, 2011, Employee #1 was working on the "Star Line", along with five other employees, to drill and replace compromise bars, which hold the rails at the seams on train tracks. Employee #1 was working with two other employees to mark and drill out holes. While drilling on one side of the rail, the bit broke, and a new bit was put in the drill. The drill was moved to the opposite side of the rail, and employees started drilling again. The drill bit broke again. A coworker decided to knock the rest out with the punch and spike maul. The coworker picked up the spike maul, while a second coworker picked up the punch. The coworker holding the spike maul told the other employees to stand back, which was routine. Employee #1 moved to the north, approximately 10 feet to 12 feet behind the coworker holding the spike maul. A fourth coworker, who was nearby, moved to the east, approximately 10 feet to the side. The coworker hit the punch approximately four times, when something flew off the spike maul, and apparently struck Employee #1 in the neck. Employee #1 hollered that he was bleeding. The coworker went over to Employee #1 and asked to see. Employee #1 removed his hand, and the blood squirted out. The coworker got Employee #1 to the truck and rushed him to the hospital. Employee #1 was admitted to the hospital and then transferred to a second hospital. Later in the week, he was transferred to a third hospital, where he died.
Keywords: loss of blood, construction, neck, railroad track, struck by, flying object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315460253 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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