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Inspection: 111943122 - California Energy Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Bakersfield

Nr: 111943122Report ID: 0950626Open Date: 02/26/1991

California Energy Co.
Gill Station Road & Hwy 395
Inyo Kern, CA 93527
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
Mailing: P. O. Box 1420, Inyo Kern, CA 93527

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/26/1991
Close Case:10/10/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3328 E 03/21/1991 03/20/1991 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170203962Event: 01/03/1991Hit By Gas-Driven Spinning Pipe
An electric utility maintenance worker had installed a 610-millimeter-diameter pipe extension onto a noncondensable gas line. The extension was installed to prevent the sludge and brine that was in the line from blowing on the employee as he was draining it. He had installed the extension hand tight. When the employee tried to open the valve with his right foot, nothing happened. He put more pressure on the valve handle with his right foot; and the contents of the pipe, at 690 to 965 kilopascals of pressure, were released all at once. The pipe extension, which had a 90-degree elbow on its open end, started spinning around, tightening itself onto the pipe. The spinning extension hit the employee on his left foot. When he shifted his weight to his right foot, the spinning pipe also hit that foot; and the employee fell to the ground. While he was on the ground, the still-spinning pipe hit his left forearm. The extension continued to spin until it tightened itself onto the gas line. The employee was hospitalized with four fractured toes on his left foot, fractures of the bones in the arch of his right foot, and a fractured right wrist.
Keywords: fracture, rotating parts, lockout, pressure piping, pipeline, valve, toe, pressure release, foot, wrist
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111943122 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machinery maintenance occupations

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