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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 1201901.015 - Titan Industrial Metal Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino

Nr: 1201901.015Report ID: 0950633Open Date: 01/10/2017

Titan Industrial Metal Corporation
14930 Valley Blvdnull
Fontana, CA 92335
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 423930/Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 10312 Almond Avenuenull, Fontana, CA 92335

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/28/2017
Close Case:08/09/2021

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 4 7
Current Violations 1 6 7
Initial Penalty $42,750 $0 $0 $2,250 $0 $45,000
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $14,850 $0 $27,450
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 43000040 A 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $0 $300 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  2. 01002 Other 461(C) 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $300 $300 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  3. 01003 Other 3203(A) 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $300 $900 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  4. 01004 Other 3395(H)(1) 06/28/2017 07/18/2017 $750 $750 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  5. 02001 Other 3203(A)(4) 06/28/2017 07/13/2017 $6,750 $13,500 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  6. 03001 Serious 3306 06/28/2017 07/13/2017 $12,600 $15,750 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  7. 04001 Other 3668(A)(1) 06/28/2017 07/13/2017 $6,750 $13,500 $0 08/02/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 92083.015Event: 01/09/2017Employee Sustains Injuries When Pressure Vessel Explodes
At 8:50 a.m. on January 9, 2017, an employee was working for a firm that wholesa led recyclable materials. The employer bought and sold scrap metals and other it ems in southern California. The facility where the employee worked was a large c ommercial open or outdoor yard. It had a receiving area where pieces of metal sc rap from the petrochemical and other industries were brought in and processed. T he facility also had an office building and an indoor machine shop shed area. Th e employee was working as a permanent, full-time employee at the time of the inc ident. The yard supervisor, who was also the employee's immediate supervisor, wa s at the yard at the time of the incident. The employee was using a Victor oxyge n and propane gas open flame cutting torch. It was attached to a 22.8-meter (75- foot) hose line, color-coded red for fuel and green for oxygen. He was in an out door area, in the northeast part of the yard facility. Immediately prior to the incident, the employee had torch-cut several metal pipes lying in the area. He t hen began cutting a Hydril pulsation dampener. The spherical pulsation dampener consisted of two sections held together by 36 stud bolts. The employee began tor ch-cutting along the seam. This action caused the buildup of ignitable or flamma ble vapors within the dampener. He had cut 12 of the 36 stud bolts, when the dam pener exploded. The vapors had caught fire, and the dampener ripped apart along the seam. The employee sustained multiple bodily fractures, a laceration to his abdomen, an injury to his left shoulder, and ruptures in the skin of his left up per and lower leg. The paramedics transported the employee to the medical center , for treatment. Surgeries were performed. Later on, he was hospitalized in Loma Linda University Medical Center, and he was discharged on March 29, 2017. The f irm's manager of operations and safety compliance reported the incident to the S an Bernardino District Office at 1:10 p.m. on January 9, 2017. The employer repo rted the serious injury accident in a timely manner and met the Division's repor ting requirements. An inspector from the District office arrived at the facility and opened an inspection with the firm's owner and the employer's attorney at a pproximately 8:45 a.m on January 10, 2017. During the interview, the employee st ated that the firm's owner had assigned him the job of torch cutting all materia ls to be cut, including the pulsation dampener. It was thought that the employer had failed to make certain that the pulsation dampener did not contain any haza rdous flammable substance or could build up pressure that would render it unsafe during salvage operations. Such operations would have included open flame torch cutting, crushing, and cutting by shear machines.
Keywords: abdomen, emergency response, explosion, flammable vapors, fracture, laceration, pressure vessel, scrap yard, skin, struck by, torch, vapor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1201901.015 Hospitalized injury Welders and cutters

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