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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $8,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $8,400
Current Penalty $7,840 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,840
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 01/28/2013 02/06/2013 $2,800 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260020 B02 01/28/2013 02/06/2013 $2,800 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19260021 B02 01/28/2013 02/06/2013 $2,240 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 37336.015 Event: 08/02/2012Employee Is Crushed And Killed By Falling Equipment
At 9:15 a.m. on August 2, 2012, an employee was bolting a newly installed backfl ow preventor in a trench when the excavator operator attempted to extend the tre nch with a bucket shovel. The bucket shovel detached from the boom arm of the ex cavator and rolled down into the trench, striking the employee in the upper back . The bucket shovel detached from a JRB Quick-Coupler attached to the boom arm of a Komatsu PC 200 excavator as the excavator operator attempted to extend a tr ench where an 8 inch water pipe was being connected to a backflow preventor. The bucket shovel rolled aproximately 1.5 rotations into the trench (about 8 feet) and struck the employee working in the trench. His back was to the excavator and the teeth of the shovel struck the employee in the upper back. The excavator op erator, who was also the field supervisor and competent person, failed to conduc t the required procedure to ensure that the bucket shovel was securely attached to the Quick-Coupler device prior to operating the boom arm over the end of the trench. The employee suffered blunt force trauma to the posterior ribs, punctur ed lungs, and lacerated heart and was dead upon arrival at the hospital.
Keywords: excavator, struck by, trench
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 558118.015 Fatality Construction Laborer

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