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Inspection: 125593913 - Universal Environmental, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca American Canyon District Office

Nr: 125593913Report ID: 0950615Open Date: 03/07/2000

Universal Environmental, Inc.
Ccpa #1 & Geysers
Kelseyville, CA 95451
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8999/Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: P.O. Box 996, Benicia, CA 94510

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/29/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/24/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $48,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $48,600
Current Penalty $2,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5174 A 06/12/2000 06/15/2000 $2,250 $16,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 5174 C 06/12/2000 06/15/2000 $225 $16,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 5174 D 06/12/2000 06/15/2000 $225 $16,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170841316Event: 03/07/2000Employee'S Face Lacerated In Power Plant Explosion
Employee #1, working at a steam-powered electricity generating plant, was using a vacuum system to extract metal discs from a Stretford chemical reaction chamber, a device used to clean steam and reduce sulfur dioxide emissions. Employee #1 and two coworkers were on a 50 ft high catwalk when an explosion occurred in the reactor chamber. The explosion expelled metal discs from the chamber at high velocity; Employee #1 sustained deep lacerations when he was struck in the face. The explosion was likely caused by the ignition of dust and fine metal particles in the overpressurized reaction chamber by a static electric spark. The flame continued down the vacuum line to a collection chamber, and from there into the vacuum truck. The system was not grounded. A second possibility may have been an endothermic reaction occurred involving oxygen, the moisture from the rain, sulfur residues, and rust particles.
Keywords: static electricity, work rules, explosion, laceration, chemical reaction, high pressure, struck by, combustible dust, flying object, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125593913 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Not specified mechanics and repairers

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