Inspection: 1579779.015 - Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office
Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
3901 Jack Northrop Ave. Building #Ht27
Hawthorne, CA 90250
1 Rocket Rd., Hawthorne, CA 90250
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 336411/Aircraft Manufacturing
Inspection Type: Accident
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 07/14/2022
|#||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|
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