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Inspection: 316209790 - Steve'S Towing Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino

Nr: 316209790Report ID: 0950633Open Date: 10/12/2012

Steve'S Towing Inc
18800 Lake Perris Dr
Perris, CA 92570
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7549/Automotive Services, Except Repair and Carwashes
NAICS: 488410/Motor Vehicle Towing
Mailing: 609 Collier Ave, Lake Elsinore, CA 92530

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/25/2013
Close Case:08/24/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102753860    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $14,400 $0 $0 $275 $0 $14,675
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $7,000 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 G 02/25/2013 03/21/2013 $0 $275 $0 03/06/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3314 C 02/25/2013 03/07/2013 $7,000 $14,400 $0 03/06/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202655221Event: 10/12/2012Employee Is Crushed By Vehicle And Is Killed
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on October 12, 2012, Employee #1, a tow truck driver with Steve's Towing Inc., was "Scooping" a vehicle, whereby the front tires of the vehicle were raised by using the edge of the flat bed of the tow truck. The flat bed was wedged a couple of inches underneath the front wheels of the vehicle then lifted in order to gain greater clearance access to the undercarriage of the vehicle for tow hook up. Once the vehicle was lifted and greater access was gained, Employee #1 connected the towing bridle to the tow points on the vehicle, and the winch hook to the bridle. Employee #1 then placed his entire body underneath the vehicle in an attempt to manually release the transmission to unlock the rear wheels. While under the vehicle, when Employee #1 unlocked the transmission, the vehicle rolled backwards off the edge of the flat bed and crushed Employee #1 under the vehicle. It was discovered that the winch drum was in free spool mode, and therefore, the cable was not locked out while hooked to the bridle.
Keywords: automotive repair, lockout, struck by, tow truck, flatbed truck, winch, truck driver
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316209790 Fatality Other Truck drivers, light

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