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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120221379 - Avek Water Agency

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Anaheim (Psm S.)


Inspection Nr: 120221379
Report ID: 0950637
Date Opened: 06/05/2002

Site Address:
Avek Water Agency
6500 W Avenue N
Palmdale, CA 93551

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 221320/Sewage Treatment Facilities

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: StateGovt

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 11/08/2002


Case Closed: 06/06/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362469579
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $18,900 $0 $0 $785 $0 $19,685
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $900 $0 $13,500
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 342 A 11/08/2002 11/14/2002 $225 $225 $0 12/11/2002 W - Empr Withdrew  
2. 01002 Other 3203 A 11/08/2002 11/25/2002 $225 $225 $0 12/11/2002 W - Empr Withdrew  
3. 01003 Other 5189 F01 11/08/2002 11/25/2002 $0 $335 $0 12/11/2002 D - Govt Dismissed Citation has been deleted.
4. 02001 Serious 5144 A01 11/08/2002 11/14/2002 $12,600 $12,600 $0 12/11/2002 W - Empr Withdrew  
5. 03001 Other 5155 C02 A 11/08/2002 11/14/2002 $450 $6,300 $0 12/11/2002 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201142684
Event: 04/02/2002
Employee Injured From Chlorine Gas Exposure

On April 2, 2002, Employee #1 and a coworker, employees of a water treatment plant as waste water treatment operators, were changing out five 1-Ton cylinders, located in a chlorine cylinder room. Employee #1 attempted to disconnect the yoke number two of the five 1-Ton cylinders, but a high pressure leak of chlorine gas escaped from the cylinder into his breathing zone. Employee #1 was able to immediately tighten the yoke connection, stopping the leak, but required the coworker to finish the task. With Employee #1 sitting to the side, the coworker, after a couple of attempts, was able to disconnect the yoke connection without any further chlorine gas escaping. After notifying management of the incident, the coworker drove Employee #1 to Antelope Valley Hospital Emergency Room. Once admitted, Employee #1 was treated for chlorine gas exposure and diagnosed with bilateral lower lobe pneumonia.

Keywords:cylinder, chlorine, chlorine room, gas leak

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 120221379 Hospitalized injury Other Water and sewage treatment plant operators
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