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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 317005882 - Sanders Brothers Construction Company Inc

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 317005882Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 05/13/2013

Sanders Brothers Construction Company Inc
1981 Harley Street
North Charleston, SC 29406
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2951/Asphalt Paving Mixtures and Blocks
NAICS: 324121/Asphalt Paving Mixture and Block Manufacturing
Mailing: 1990 Harley Street, North Charleston, SC 29406

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/21/2013
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/24/2014
Emphasis: L:Trench

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 30030 10/28/2013 11/01/2013 $0 $0 $0 11/01/2013 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200376499Event: 05/11/2013Employee Dies Of Asphyxiation When Covered By Dirt
On May 11, 2013, Employee #1 was assisting the Plant Crusher Foreman with installing four steel plates at the back of a dirt ramp adjacent to the plants aggregate mixing bins. The vertically placed steel plates were used to support the dirt on the highest side of the ramp and to keep the dirt out of the mixing bin area. Employee #1 and the foreman were digging into the dirt ramp, approximately 5 ft deep. New steel plates, of the same size, were to replace the old plates. Employee #1 was operating a CAT 320C excavator parked at the bottom of the ramp slope. The slope was not constructed purposely and only existed because of the pull direction of the excavator and the loose soil falling into the hole. Dirt was removed on one side to expose a side retaining wall and the other side, on the right side of the excavator, was a vertical dirt wall. The spoil pile for the hole was placed on the excavator side of the hole directly in front of the excavator and to the right side on the down slope of the ramp. The foreman used a CAT 252 Skid steer to move the steel plates onto the site. The foreman placed a grasping device and chain onto the top of the plate which was then hoisted by the CAT 320C excavator, operated by Employee #1, and set into place at the back of the hole against the uprights of the aggregate bins. At that time, the foreman walked away from the dig site to retrieve the front end loader. For reasons undetermined, Employee #1 got out of the cab of the excavator and was working in or around the excavation. The foreman returned operating a CAT 927K front end loader and proceeded to push the dirt pile into the hole. Employee #1 was covered with approximately 10 to 15 yards of dirt. The foreman did not get out of the front end loader prior to covering the excavation. From the front end loader cab, the foreman could not see into the cab of the excavator. The arm of the excavator was blocking the view of the cab. The rescue team found Employee #1 in the hole. The employee was pronounced dead of asphyxiation at the scene.
Keywords: digger-derrick, excavation, asphyxiated, cover, dirt tamper, crusher, slope
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 317005882 Fatality Asphyxia Paving, surfacing and tamping equipment operators

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