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Inspection: 300844354 - Romic Environmental Technologies

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Foster City District Office


Inspection Nr: 300844354
Report ID: 0950613
Date Opened: 03/17/2006

Site Address:
Romic Environmental Technologies
2081 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 562211/Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/21/2006


Case Closed: 12/31/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101128338
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $31,385 $0 $0 $635 $0 $32,020
Current Penalty $18,760 $0 $0 $635 $0 $19,395
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 5189 N 07/24/2006 08/26/2006 $635 $635 $0 09/08/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 02001 Serious 5166 B 07/24/2006 07/27/2006 $18,000 $18,000 $0 09/08/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
3. 03001 Serious 5189 K02 07/24/2006 07/27/2006 $380 $7,650 $0 09/08/2006 F - Formal Settlement  
4. 04001 Serious 5561 B 07/24/2006 07/27/2006 $380 $5,735 $0 09/08/2006 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201125903
Event: 03/02/2006
Employee Is Severely Burned In Fire

On March 2, 2006, Employee #1, a welder, was torch cutting on top of a 12,000 gallon carbon-steel tank in a hazardous waste treatment, storage, and recycling facility. The tank, which had a cone bottom and was about 28.5 feet above the ground, had previously held solvent contaminated wastewater. An Industrial Scientific Corporation multi-gas monitoring instrument, Model Number 140, Serial Number 0312193-005, equipped with a sampling pump, Serial Number 05120XW-025, and 6.5-foot tubing, entering the tank from an 8-inch top hatch, was used to monitor the atmosphere inside the tank. As Employee #1 was kneeling next to the top hatch of the tank, on the walkway above the tank, torch cutting through the top of the tank, a fire occurred. Flames came out of the top hatch and caught his clothes on fire. Employee #1 was hospitalized approximately six hours later, where he was treated for second and third degree burns on his buttock and perineum area. Employee #1 was wearing a personal fall arrest system to include a body harness and shock absorbing lanyard, which allowed him to reach outside the guarded walkway. The accident investigation revealed that the accident was caused by inadequate preparation of the tank for hot work. Although the tank had been steam cleaned prior to the welding operation, the tank was neither isolated nor purged. Additionally, there was insufficient monitoring of the tank atmosphere. The employer was issued two serious violations, prohibiting their engagement in activities requiring the use of direct air monitoring equipment, as well as welding operations.

Keywords:burn, flammable vapors, buttocks, fire, welder, gas, torch, tank, cutting and burning

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300844354 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters
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