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Inspection: 315466086 - Bauer, Inc. Dba Bauer Sign Company

Inspection Information - Office: Madison

Nr: 315466086Report ID: 0523300Open Date: 05/12/2011

Bauer, Inc. Dba Bauer Sign Company
564 E. Grand Avenue
Beloit, WI 53511
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3993/Signs and Advertising Specialties
NAICS: 339950/Sign Manufacturing
Mailing: W184s8408 Challenger Drive, Muskego, WI 53150

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/02/2011
Emphasis: S:ElectricalClose Case:03/10/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral200806701 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $16,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $16,800
Current Penalty $8,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100304 G03 II 09/20/2011 11/18/2011 $2,900 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19100333 A 09/20/2011 11/18/2011 $0 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100333 C02 09/20/2011 11/18/2011 $2,900 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 19100335 A01 I 09/20/2011 09/30/2011 $0 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005A Serious 19100333 A 09/20/2011 11/18/2011 $2,900 $0 $0 Q - National Office Adjustment
  6. 01005B Serious 19100335 A01 I 09/20/2011 11/18/2011 $0 $0 $0 Q - National Office Adjustment

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200802643Event: 05/12/2011Employee Receives Electrical Shock During Repair
On May 12, 2011, Employee #1 and a coworker were troubleshooting a failure that was occurring on a commercial advertising sign, which was located in front of a business. The electricity that supplied the sign came from an outlet on the ground that was attached to the sign, and was run from the businesses commercial building. Using a digital voltmeter, Employee #1 first tested the electrical wires that were located just above the outlet to see if power was running. He discovered that no power was running above the outlet and decided against securing the circuit breaker in the commercial building. Employee #1 then climbed a ladder and took off the cover of the sign to inspect its contents. He didn't notice anything unusual or out of place. He returned to the ground and proceeded to connect an extension cord to bare wires above the outlet. The extension cord had a male end, which was plugged into a generator, while the bare wire end was hard wired into the sign. No female end existed. The generator, which was bolted to the bed of a truck, was started. No other grounding was utilized for the generator. As Employee #1 ascended the ladder to look into the sign, he received an electric shock. Employee #1 fell from the ladder and was knocked unconscious. Emergency services were contacted and, upon their arrival, Employee #1 was revived. He was then taken to a nearby medical facility, where he was hospitalized and treated for his injury. No longer-term injuries from the electrical shock were noted; however, the accident investigation determined that no PPE was worn during the repair of the sign.
Keywords: unconsciousness, repair, ppe, electrician, lockout, electric shock, fall, electrical box
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315466086 Hospitalized injury Electric Shock Electricians

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