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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119823169 - Parsec

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 119823169Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 11/25/2002

4000 Sheila St
Commerce, CA 90023
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4013/Railroad Switching and Terminal Establishments

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/26/2003
Close Case:06/22/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 1 6
Current Violations 5 1 6
Initial Penalty $49,500 $0 $0 $750 $0 $50,250
Current Penalty $21,510 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,510
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3577 E 03/26/2003 04/28/2003 $0 $750 $0 04/21/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 4845 B 03/26/2003 04/05/2003 $270 $6,750 $0 04/21/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 3577 B 03/26/2003 04/05/2003 $2,700 $6,750 $0 04/21/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 5417 E 03/26/2003 04/05/2003 $270 $6,750 $0 04/21/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 05001 Serious 5532 C 03/26/2003 04/05/2003 $270 $6,750 $0 04/21/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 06001 Serious 4848 A 03/26/2003 04/15/2004 $18,000 $22,500 $0 04/21/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201056942Event: 11/19/2002Employee Burned In Fire
At approximately 10:00 a.m., Employee #1, a truck shop supervisor with Parsec Incorporated was working with a mechanic in the truck shop. Parsec is company that transports cargo containers by the railroad across the country. They utilize hoisting equipment such as overhead cranes to hoist containers on and off the railroad tracks. The mechanic was using a blow torch to make holes in an angle iron on a work bench when a spark went into an open plastic container filled with gasoline located about 10 feet away. Employee #1 walked by and saw the plastic container engulfed in flames. He attempted to move the container out of the way by kicking it with his foot. As soon as the contact was made, the gasoline splashed onto Employee #1's clothing and lit on fire. The mechanic saw what happened and used a portable fire extinguisher nearby to put out the fire as Employee #1 rolled on the floor. Employee #1 sustained burns to his face and hands and was transported to Santa Marta Hospital where he was hospitalized for his injuries. The accident was caused by lack of hazard awareness by the employees when utilizing a cutting torch in the work area where flammable liquids are present or nearby. The employer did not establish and implement a fire prevention and suppression procedure relative to the use of cutting and welding equipment in the truck repair shop. Employee #1 did not inspect the work area for any flammable liquids before permitting the mechanic to use a cutting torch. In addition, the employer did not ensure that the employees were suitably trained in the safe operation of torch cutting and the safe use of the cutting process.
Keywords: burn, metal rail, fire, mechanic, torch, overhead crane, face, gasoline, hand, railroad
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119823169 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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