Request for records of inspection at "SONGS"
-- by Russell Hoffman -- July 2nd, 2001

From: "Russell D. Hoffman" <>
Subject: Request for records of inspection at "SONGS"

Cal-OSHA Records Department, Anaheim, CA
[fax:] (714) 939-0815

Russell D. Hoffman
Carlsbad, CA

Date: July 2nd, 2001

Re: Request for records of inspection at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station following June 1st, 2001 accident (two pages)

To Whom It May Concern,

I am interested in information regarding an accident June 1st, 2001 in which a crane weighing approximately 80,000 pounds, being moved by a gantry, was dropped approximately 40 feet.

I am interested in knowing:

When/If Cal-OSHA was first informed of the accident by San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.  I would like to know this to the hour and minute.

When/If Cal-OSHA sent an inspector to the site.  I would like to know the hour and minute of their arrival at the site.

When any previous Cal-OSHA crane inspections at the site occurred in the past five years.

Were the straps involved in the dropped load inspected?

What, if any, recommendations were made to San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station based on the inspection?

Are any recommendations still being worked out?

Did Cal-OSHA make any recommendations to NRC following the incident?

Did Cal-OSHA report its findings to the NRC?

Did NRC ask for Cal-OSHA to step in and if so, when?

What regulatory authority does Cal-OSHA have at the site, considering that Section 114740 of the California Health And Safety Code appears to cede all regulatory authority at nuclear power facilities to the NRC?

I would appreciate being sent all reports relating to this incident.  If under about 50 pages, please feel free to fax them if it's easier for you. The fax number is:(xxx) xxx-xxxx.  If records are computerized they can be sent via email to me at: .  In all other cases please send them to my postal address shown above.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.  Please feel free to contact me if I can answer any questions about this information request.  I am not an employee or an owner at the site but rather a concerned citizen who has heard from a long-time employee at the site that there have been repeated problems at that site with areas not being "roped off" properly during lifts.  It also appears to me from this incident that their equipment (straps, for instance) might be getting old, and their inspection procedures prior to lifts possibly are inadequate, and also, their training and understanding of safe lifting principles appears to be inadequate.  It is possible they don't fully understand the laws of physics.


Russell D. Hoffman
Concerned Citizen
Carlsbad, CA

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