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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125659474 - Interstate Scaffolding

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Concord

Nr: 125659474Report ID: 0950622Open Date: 02/23/1999

Interstate Scaffolding
150 Solano Way
Martinez, CA 94553
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: P. O. Box 2773, Martinez, CA 94553

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/17/1999
Close Case:05/21/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $165 $0 $6,465
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $280 $0 $280
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 5218 E02 A 08/17/1999 10/04/1999 $0 $165 $0 09/16/1999 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 02001 Serious 1509 A 08/17/1999 10/04/1999 $0 $3,150 $0 09/16/1999 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Other 1510 C 08/17/1999 12/08/2000 $280 $3,150 $0 09/16/1999 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201482114Event: 02/23/1999Two Employees Died From Burns After A Fire At A Refinery
On February 23, 1999, two employees, Employee #1 and Employee #2, died of burns sustained from a fire at Tosco refinery. The fire occurred at the Fractionator tower in the 50 crude oil processing unit at Tosco "Avon" refinery in Martinez, California. Employee #1 and #2 were engaged in a maintenance activity to remove and eventually replace the naphtha draw piping which had developed a leak. Tosco decided to fix the repair while the process unit remained in operation. The highly flammable gasoline-like, benzene-containing hydrocarbon flowed through openings into the line and onto hot surfaces in the operating unit. The naphtha piping ignited, causing a fire near the bottom of the tower, which continued to spread up and down the tower. The fire killed two workers and seriously injuring another contractor. The contractor was hired by Tosco to erect scaffold for the removal and replacement of the naphtha piping. Three additional contractor employees also assisted Tosco maintenance employees while the pipeline was being cut. Employee #1 and #2 died of burns sustained during the fire. They were unable to escape. The surviving contractor employee had been sent to another assignment and location in the refinery after lunch when the fire occurred. Investigators determined that Tosco failed to isolate or to drain the naphtha piping from the operating process prior to cutting into the line.
Keywords: burn, fire, refinery
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125659474 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Carpenters
2 125659474 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors; carpenters and related workers

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