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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,200
Current Penalty $1,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,200
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 09/11/1990 08/28/1990 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 5420 A02 09/11/1990 08/28/1990 $1,200 $1,200 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170196505 Event: 07/10/1990Employee Burned When Fuel Tank Ignites
The employer is a dismantler/junk dealer who employs his adult sons on an intermittent basis. Employee #1 has several years experience operating oxygen/propane cutting torches. On July 10, 1990, he cut a drain hole in a large tractor fuel tank that had been partially cut open and was found to be leaking. He noticed additional leakage from the irregular 3 in. by 3 in. opening and, as he moved away, there was an internal flash that spewed flaming vapors and liquid. Employee #1 sustained serious second- and third-degree burns on his face, neck, right side, left arm and hand. No attempt was made to determine the contents of the tank or to safely empty, purge, flush, or inert the tank prior to the cutting activity.
Keywords: burn, leak, acetylene torch, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, construction, tank, cutting and burning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111914297 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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