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Inspection: 112129879 - L A County Fire Dept, Bay Watch Div

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 112129879Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 02/07/1994

L A County Fire Dept, Bay Watch Div
Emerald Bay Catalina Island P O Box 5088
Avalon, CA 90704
Union Status: Union
SIC: 7389/Business Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 2300 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:03/28/1995
Close Case:03/28/1996

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 2 5
Current Violations 2 2 4
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 Other 6052 G01 03/28/1995 04/20/1995 $0 $0 $0 05/18/1995 W - Empr Withdrew
  2. 01002 Other 6054 A 03/28/1995 04/20/1995 $0 $0 $0 05/18/1995 W - Empr Withdrew
Deleted 3. 02001 Serious 3203 A04 03/28/1995 04/20/1995 $0 $0 $0 05/18/1995 D - Govt Dismissed
  4. 03001 Serious 6052 C01 A 03/28/1995 04/20/1995 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 04001 Serious 6052 C03 03/28/1995 04/20/1995 $0 $0 $0 05/18/1995 W - Empr Withdrew

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170891444Event: 09/28/1994Employee Injured In Diving Accident
On September 28, 1994, Employee #1 and a coworker, both Los Angeles County Lifeguards, conducted a reef recognition dive in an area off Catalina Island, CA. The lifeguards were diving with county scuba equipment, including buoyancy vests, submersible depth gauges, timers, compasses, and single hose, two-demand regulators. They were each wearing fins, full length wet suits, gloves, and scuba masks. They reached a depth of 90 ft and had been there for approximately 15 minutes when Employee #1 began to have trouble drawing air from his regulator. He checked his depth gauge and attempted to activate the J valve, or air reserve mechanism, located on the manifold of his scuba tank. He also notified his dive partner that he was returning to the surface. Partway into his ascent Employee #1 could no longer breathe through his regulator at all, so he returned to his partner and attempted to buddy breathe from his partner's top regulator. As he was doing this, Employee #1 swallowed some water and was forced to ditch his weight belt and return to the surface. Upon arriving at the surface, Employee #1 lost consciousness and stopped breathing. His partner performed rescue breathing until medical assistance arrived. Employee #1 regained consciousness and was then transported via Mercy Air Ambulance to Torrance Memorial Hospital.
Keywords: unconsciousness, regulator valve, scuba, inhalation, equipment failure, diver, mech malfunction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112129879 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Supervisors, guards

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