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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 317246171 - Mears Group, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 317246171Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 10/08/2013

Mears Group, Inc
1/2mi E Rd 105 & 1/2mi S Rd 38
Davis, CA 95618
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4613/Refined Petroleum Pipelines
NAICS: 486910/Pipeline Transportation of Refined Petroleum Products
Mailing: 4500 N Mission Rd, Rosebush, MI 48878

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/19/2014
Close Case:12/31/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
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 Serious 1592 E 02/19/2014 02/24/2014 $0 $18,000 $0 03/05/2014 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202675872Event: 09/24/2013Employee Suffers Fracture When Caught Between Tank And Hatch
On September 24, 2013, Employee #1, Excavator, was working with a coworker filling potholes using a (Vermeer V800LEHD) vacuum excavator with the trailer mounted. The coworker, operator, raised up with no visibility where the employee was standing and with the rear hatch open and dumped its contents into the pothole to backfill it after the inspection of a pipeline had been completed. Employee #1 was looking into the tank when the coworker closed the hydraulic cylinder tank hatch in preparation to move the unit to the next pothole. The employee's head and neck were caught between the tank and the hatch lid. The coworker saw the employee's hand waving out of the side of the excavator and released the controls. When the hatch reversed its direction, Employee #1 fell to the ground. The employee was air lifted to UC Davis Hospital, where he was treated for fractures to his head and neck. Employee #1 was hospitalized for two days.
Keywords: excavation, fracture, hydraulic cylinder, caught between, vacuum vessel, excavator, neck, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 317246171 Hospitalized injury Fracture Excavating and loading machine operators

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