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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1579779.015 - Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office


Inspection Nr: 1579779.015
Report ID: 0950635
Open Date: 02/23/2022

Site Address:
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
3901 Jack Northrop Ave. Building #Ht27
Hawthorne, CA 90250

Mailing Address:
1 Rocket Rd., Hawthorne, CA 90250

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 336411/Aircraft Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/14/2022


Close Case:10/11/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1858643
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $475 $0 $18,475
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $475 $0 $18,475
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 3203(A) 07/14/2022 08/18/2022 $475 $475 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 02001 Serious 3328(A)(1) 07/14/2022 $18,000 $18,000 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 146700.015
Event: 01/18/2022
Employee Suffers Head Trauma When Struck By Cover

At 12:44 p.m. on January 18, 2022, an employee, an integration technician, was p erforming pneumatic pressure checks on a Raptor V2 Engine while at the Integrati on Stand. The final step in the pressure check operation, venting, was done for the first time using an automated program as opposed to the normal manual method that had been used in previous operations. Immediately after initiating the aut omated venting, the employee was struck by the fuel controller cover which broke free from the controller module. The controller cover had sheared at the vertic al to horizontal beveled seam, liberating the cover face from the assembly. The employee suffered a skull fracture and head trauma and was hospitalized in a com a for months.

Keywords:blunt force, blunt force trauma, cover, electronic technicn, falling object, fracture, head, pneumatic, pressure, rocket motor, skull, struck by, testing, venting

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1579779.015 Hospitalized injury
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