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Inspection: 310096706 - Foster City, City Of, Dept. Of Public Works

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Foster City District Office


Inspection Nr: 310096706
Report ID: 0950613
Open Date: 09/30/2009

Site Address:
Foster City, City Of, Dept. Of Public Works
Hillside Blvd. & Shell Pump Station
Foster City, CA 94404

Mailing Address:
100 Lincoln Centre Drive, Foster City, CA 94404

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 926130/ Regulation and Administration of Communications, Electric, Gas, and Other Utilities

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: LocalGovt

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 12/07/2009


Close Case:01/19/2013

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101133759
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 2 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $8,100 $0 $0 $5,300 $0 $13,400
Current Penalty $2,970 $0 $0 $3,700 $0 $6,670
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 5185 A 12/07/2009 01/09/2010 $150 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Other 342 A 12/07/2009 01/09/2012 $3,400 $5,000 $0 12/24/2009 J - ALJ Decision  
3. 02001 Other 3382 A 12/07/2009 01/09/2010 $150 $2,700 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 03001 Serious 5162 A 12/07/2009 01/09/2010 $2,700 $2,700 $0 -  
5. 04001 Serious 5185 L 12/07/2009 01/09/2010 $270 $2,700 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201127180
Event: 09/23/2009
Employee Is Injured In Battery Explosion

At approximately 1:00 p.m. on September 23, 2009, an employee, a maintenance worker for the City of Foster City Public Works Department was checking out the generator station which included checking: water level for the batteries, coolant level for the radiator and engine oil level; and starting the generator. The employee was reaching over a lead acid battery while attempting to start the generator when the battery exploded and knocked down the employee. A coworker, who was approximately 10 feet away, drove the employee to Mariner's Medical Clinic in Foster City. At the clinic, the employee's eyes were flushed. After examination by a physician, the coworker was instructed to take the employee to Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City. At the Sequoia Hospital Emergency Room, the employee underwent a bilateral wash in both eyes and was sent home. At home, the employee continued to experience severe headaches and ringing in his ears. The employee was driven by his wife to Seton Medical Center Emergency Room in Daly City. After undergoing some emergency room screening procedures, the employee was admitted at Seton Medical Center on September 24 and discharged on 9/25/09. The battery involved was a Powerstride 4D lead acid battery installed on June 2008 for the power generator. The employee was hospitalized and treated for his injuries.

Keywords:battery, eye, explosion

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 310096706 Hospitalized injury Other Machinery maintenance occupations
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