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Inspection: 111816153 - City Of Oakland Fire Dept.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Oakland

Nr: 111816153Report ID: 0950614Open Date: 12/24/1992

City Of Oakland Fire Dept.
1605 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94612
Union Status: Union
SIC: 9224/Fire Protection

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/11/1993
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:12/31/1993

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361405848    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5157 A01 02/11/1993 10/13/1993 $0 $0 $0 L - State Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 5157 B 02/11/1993 10/13/1993 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment
  3. 03001 Serious 5159 A05 B 02/11/1993 10/13/1993 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment
  4. 04001 Serious 5192 Q06 02/11/1993 10/13/1993 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment
  5. 05001 Serious 5192 Q01 02/11/1993 10/13/1993 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170702682Event: 12/24/1992Firefighters Inhale Toxic Levels Of Methyl Chloroform
On December 24, 1992, Employees #1 through #5, fire fighters, were attempting to rescue two unconscious workers of a waterproofing company who were at the bottom of a 5 ft by 5 ft by 16 ft concrete planter box in the garage of a federal building under construction in Oakland, CA. The planter box was a confined space filled with toxic, combustible, and explosive methyl chloroform gas (1,1,1-trichloroethane). DOSH measurements indicated at least an 8 percent LEL (explosive range 6.5-10.5 percent; IDLH 0.1 percent). The firefighters worked in pairs without adequate rescue equipment, such as lifelines, harnesses, hoists, air monitoring devices, or appropriate ventilation. The firefighters found a rope, tied it around the victims, and pulled them up and out of the confined space. During the rescue, the face pieces of the rescuers' respirators were knocked off and the face seals were broken. Employees #1 through #5 were all treated for inhalation injuries. Two of the five firefighters lost 2 weeks of work. Five accident-related serious violations were observed: T8CCR 5157(a)(1), 5157(b), 5159(a)(5)(B), 5192(q)(6), and 5192(q)(8)(A).
Keywords: firefighter, trichloroethane, confined space, flammable vapors, idlh, work rules, toxic atmosphere, inhalation, methyl chloroform, scba
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111816153 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 111816153 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 111816153 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 111816153 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 111816153 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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