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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 103416475 - General Electric Company

Inspection Information - Office: North Boston

Nr: 103416475Report ID: 0134000Open Date: 05/18/1989

General Electric Company
50 Fordham Road
Wilmington, MA 01887
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3728/Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/26/1989
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:03/01/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral901223834 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $2,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,800
Current Penalty $1,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 07/20/1989 07/21/1989 $350 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 07/20/1989 07/21/1989 $350 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100106 D02 I 07/20/1989 08/28/1989 $350 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100107 C06 07/20/1989 08/28/1989 $350 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 660712Event: 05/18/1989Two Employees Injured When Oven Explodes
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on May 15, 1989, Employee #1, a spray painter, finished spray painting the outside of two aircraft fuel flow meters. He then filled each of the pre-calibrated flow meters with approximately 1 quart of Stoddard solvent. The solvent acts as a lubricant and prevents the internal bearings from drying out while the paint is baked onto the outer casings. As Employee #1 was placing the second of two meters into a preheated electric drying oven, the base of the meter fell off, releasing the solvent in the oven. The solvent instantly vaporized and exploded. Employee #1 was hospitalized with burns. Employee #2, who was in training and was watching the operation, sustained burns to his face. Employee #1 had performed this operation for 3 years.
Keywords: burn, vapor, flammable liquid, oven, work rules, explosion, combustible liquid, drying furnace, arm, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103416475 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 103416475 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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