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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120320908 - Test Laboratories Dba Brewster Foods Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 120320908Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 07/11/2003

Test Laboratories Dba Brewster Foods Inc.
7121 Canby Ave.
Reseda, CA 91335
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5159/Farm-Product Raw Materials, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 424590/Other Farm Product Raw Material Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/07/2004
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/31/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $14,625 $0 $0 $330 $0 $14,955
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $2,600 $0 $2,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 23400023 01/07/2004 02/09/2004 $100 $165 $0 01/21/2004 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 23400016 A 01/07/2004 02/09/2004 $0 $165 $0 01/21/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 5174 A 01/07/2004 01/20/2004 $2,500 $12,600 $0 01/21/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 03001 Other 5194 G02 C 01/07/2004 02/02/2004 $0 $2,025 $0 01/21/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201116324Event: 07/11/2003Employee Is Burned When Combustible Powder Explodes
At approximately 12:00 a.m. on July 11, 2003, an explosion occurred at a company that blended and supplied natural ingredients for food suppliers. Prior to the accident, Employee #1 poured grapefruit powder from a plastic-lined cardboard box, 260 double-wall carton, into a large stainless-steel cone mixer, while he stood on an elevated platform in the blending room. A Baldor electric motor, 115/230 volts, powered the 800-kilogram cone blender. The plastic-lined cardboard box for the powder measured 13-in. by 13-in. by 29-in. During the process of pouring, an explosion occurred. Prior to discharging the grapefruit powder into the mixer, a coworker, the lead person, weighted the material, and had it lifted to the top platform in the blending room. He said he heard a noise and turned around and saw fire. The grapefruit powder was later tested and found to be combustible. An interview with the fire department arson investigator indicated that the overhead fan was not operating at the time of the explosion. Various potential ignition sources existed, including electrical lighting, an electrical outlet, a fan motor, and static produced by the pouring operation. According to the doctor's report, Employee #1 was hospitalized with second-degree burns over 70 percent of his body,
Keywords: burn, static electricity, food preparation, pouring, work rules, fire, mixer, explosion, combustible dust, powder
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120320908 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Production helpers

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