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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1201901.015 - Titan Industrial Metal Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino


Inspection Nr: 1201901.015
Report ID: 0950633
Open Date: 01/10/2017

Site Address:
Titan Industrial Metal Corporation
14930 Valley Blvd
Fontana, CA 92335

Mailing Address:
10312 Almond Avenue, Fontana, CA 92335

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 423930/Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/28/2017


Close Case:08/09/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1171266
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 4 7
Current Violations 1 6 7
Initial Penalty $42,750 $0 $0 $2,250 $0 $45,000
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $14,850 $0 $27,450
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 43000040 A 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $0 $300 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
2. 01002 Other 461(C) 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $300 $300 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
3. 01003 Other 3203(A) 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $300 $900 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
4. 01004 Other 3395(H)(1) 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $750 $750 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
5. 02001 Other 3203(A)(4) 06/28/2017 07/13/2017 $6,750 $13,500 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
6. 03001 Serious 3306 06/28/2017 07/13/2017 $12,600 $15,750 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
7. 04001 Other 3668(A)(1) 06/28/2017 07/13/2017 $6,750 $13,500 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 92083.015
Event: 01/09/2017
Employee Sustains Injuries When Pressure Vessel Explodes

At 8:50 a.m. on January 9, 2017, an employee was working for a firm that wholesa led recyclable materials. The employer bought and sold scrap metals and other it ems in southern California. The facility where the employee worked was a large c ommercial open or outdoor yard. It had a receiving area where pieces of metal sc rap from the petrochemical and other industries were brought in and processed. T he facility also had an office building and an indoor machine shop shed area. Th e employee was working as a permanent, full-time employee at the time of the inc ident. The yard supervisor, who was also the employee's immediate supervisor, wa s at the yard at the time of the incident. The employee was using a Victor oxyge n and propane gas open flame cutting torch. It was attached to a 22.8-meter (75- foot) hose line, color-coded red for fuel and green for oxygen. He was in an out door area, in the northeast part of the yard facility. Immediately prior to the incident, the employee had torch-cut several metal pipes lying in the area. He t hen began cutting a Hydril pulsation dampener. The spherical pulsation dampener consisted of two sections held together by 36 stud bolts. The employee began tor ch-cutting along the seam. This action caused the buildup of ignitable or flamma ble vapors within the dampener. He had cut 12 of the 36 stud bolts, when the dam pener exploded. The vapors had caught fire, and the dampener ripped apart along the seam. The employee sustained multiple bodily fractures, a laceration to his abdomen, an injury to his left shoulder, and ruptures in the skin of his left up per and lower leg. The paramedics transported the employee to the medical center , for treatment. Surgeries were performed. Later on, he was hospitalized in Loma Linda University Medical Center, and he was discharged on March 29, 2017. The f irm's manager of operations and safety compliance reported the incident to the S an Bernardino District Office at 1:10 p.m. on January 9, 2017. The employer repo rted the serious injury accident in a timely manner and met the Division's repor ting requirements. An inspector from the District office arrived at the facility and opened an inspection with the firm's owner and the employer's attorney at a pproximately 8:45 a.m on January 10, 2017. During the interview, the employee st ated that the firm's owner had assigned him the job of torch cutting all materia ls to be cut, including the pulsation dampener. It was thought that the employer had failed to make certain that the pulsation dampener did not contain any haza rdous flammable substance or could build up pressure that would render it unsafe during salvage operations. Such operations would have included open flame torch cutting, crushing, and cutting by shear machines.

Keywords:abdomen, emergency response, explosion, flammable vapors, fracture, laceration, pressure vessel, scrap yard, skin, struck by, torch, vapor

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1201901.015 Hospitalized injury Welders and cutters
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