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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119614907 - H. David Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Francisco

Nr: 119614907Report ID: 0950611Open Date: 09/27/1994

H. David Co.
650 Ellis
San Francisco, CA 94109
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 6513/Operators of Apartment Buildings
Mailing: 6114 Lasalle Ave.,#418, Oakland, CA 94611

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/09/1994
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/16/1995

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $375 $0 $0 $225 $0 $600
Current Penalty $375 $0 $0 $225 $0 $600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 23400017 A 11/18/1994 11/25/1994 $75 $75 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 763 D05 B 11/18/1994 11/23/1994 $150 $150 $0 -
  3. 02001 Serious 781 C 11/18/1994 11/25/1994 $375 $375 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170204440Event: 09/13/1994Employee Seriously Burned In Boiler Explosion
At approximately 3:30 a.m. on September 13, 1994, Employee #1, an apartment complex manager, received a complaint from an apartment resident that there was no hot water. According to Employee #1, this incident was not something new. The same problem had occurred approximately two or three times a week for the last month and he had notified management of the situation. Employee #1 said he knew the pilot light inside the boiler was out and that he had to relight it. He also believed that the amount of outside air passing through the chamber caused the pilot light to blow out. Employee #1 added that he was not aware of a deficiency on the safety pilot control nor of an accumulation of gas inside the chamber. When he entered the boiler area, he did not smell gas. Employee #1 lit a match and opened the chamber's door to relight the boiler's pilot. An explosion occurred and Employee #1 suffered serious burns to his hands, arms, and face. The employer was cited for a violation because the pilot control did not function properly so that gas would not accumulate after the pilot light blew out; and because Employee #1 was not properly instructed in the operation of the boiler.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, maintenance, inadequate maint, boiler, gas, explosion, untrained, hand, mech malfunction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119614907 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Attendants, amusement and recreation facilities

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