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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120297460 - Santa Catalina Island Co

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 120297460Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 07/18/1997

Santa Catalina Island Co
Hermit Gulch Camp Groud
Avalon, CA 90704
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7996/Amusement Parks
Mailing: P O Box 737, Avalon, CA 90704

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/27/1997
Close Case:05/19/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $375 $0 $5,375
Current Penalty $420 $0 $0 $375 $0 $795
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 08/28/1997 09/03/1997 $375 $375 $0 03/11/1998 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 02001 Serious 5416 C 08/28/1997 09/03/1997 $420 $5,000 $0 03/11/1998 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201030749Event: 06/27/1997Employee Injured In Flash Fire While Lighting Water Heater
Employee #1, a campground manager, worked for a resort operator on Catalina Island. On the day of the accident, he was at the Hermit Gulch Campground, attempting to light a 100 gallon propane A.O. Smith water heater, model FGR 100 231, serial #ML94-0079063-S-06. The main propane tank for the water heater had just been replaced, and the hot water for the upper showers was turned off. The propane water heater was located in an enclosed, approximately 4 ft wide by 15 ft long area of the building that housed the showers. Employee #1 bled the propane line while lying down on a foam camping mat inside the water heater room. He then went to empty the trash cans around the campground so that the propane could disperse in the air. After about 15 minutes, Employee #1 attempted to light the pilot again while lying on the foam mat. He had the pilot lit, and was pulling out the sparker when a ball of fire erupted. Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns to his hands. He failed to test the air to determine if the concentration of the flammable vapors exceeded 25% of the lower explosive limit prior to introducing a source of ignition.
Keywords: burn, pilot light, flammable vapors, work rules, fire, hot water tank, propane, spark, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120297460 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Recreation workers

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