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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 313646101 - Los Angeles Dept Of Water & Power

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office


Inspection Nr: 313646101
Report ID: 0950635
Open Date: 07/31/2012

Site Address:
Los Angeles Dept Of Water & Power
900 E Lomita Blvd
Wilmington, CA 90744

Mailing Address:
1350 S Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 221122/Electric Power Distribution

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 01/08/2013


Close Case:06/30/2015

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101035061
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 6
Current Violations 1 4 5
Initial Penalty $74,250 $0 $0 $840 $0 $75,090
Current Penalty $22,500 $0 $0 $6,280 $0 $28,780
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 A05 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $0 $560 $0 01/15/2013 D - Govt Dismissed Citation has been deleted.
2. 01002 Other 5162 E 01/09/2013 01/21/2013 $280 $280 $0 01/15/2013 W - Empr Withdrew  
3. 02001 Serious 23200002 A02 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $22,500 $22,500 $0 01/15/2013 W - Empr Withdrew  
4. 03001 Other 23200002 A03 A 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $2,000 $22,500 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement  
5. 04001 Other 23200002 A05 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $2,000 $22,500 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement  
6. 05001 Other 23200002 A03 B 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $2,000 $6,750 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202531414
Event: 07/16/2012
Burn - Electrical Fault In Battery Rack

A crew was working upgrading the battery room at a receiving substation. (The room provided emergency power for up to 8 hours.) The electric utility had purchased replacement batteries from RSC in Wilmington, CA. Before starting work that day, the crew connected the newly purchased batteries in series. Two workers had requested insulated tools as well as appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, barriers, and an insulated torque wrench. None could be provided on that day, but the employer allowed the work to continue. At about 1:00 p.m., after one worker had connected all the batteries in one rack in series, he made a cross-aisle connection to a second rack. As he was connecting the cross-aisle cable to the last battery on the upper level of the first rack, the other end of the cable dropped. It came too close to the exposed positive terminal of the last battery on the lower level of the same rack, causing an electrical fault. The ensuing electric arc burned the worker's rubber insulating gloves and melted his left glove into the middle and ring fingers of his left hand. He sustained second- and third-degree burns, requiring surgeries and hospitalization for several days. The employer had not trained its employees in the proper procedures for, and hazards of, working with wet cell batteries.

Keywords:battery, burn, elec protect equip, electric arc, electrical, ppe, work rules, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 313646101 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
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