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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125723510 - Sunrise Dusters

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 125723510Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 01/11/2001

Sunrise Dusters
21208 Knights Landing
Knights Landing, CA 95645
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0721/Crop Planting, Cultivating, and Protecting
Mailing: P O Box 998, Knights Landing, CA 95645

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/08/2001
Close Case:03/20/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $350 $0 $11,150
Current Penalty $350 $0 $0 $350 $0 $700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 462 M04 B 05/23/2001 06/28/2001 $350 $350 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 5166 B01 05/23/2001 05/29/2001 $350 $10,800 $0 06/22/2001 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201171030Event: 11/04/2000Employee Fractures Leg- Can Ruptures After Being Cut In Half
On November 16, 2000, Employee #1 fractured his leg when a can ruptured while attempting to construct two trash cans from one barrel. Employee #1 works for crop dusting operation. On February 8, 2001 the facility was inspected. During the opening conference, Employee #1 explained he obtained an old used 55-gallon barrel that had some residual oil in it. He thought he would cut the barrel in half with an acetylene torch to make two trash cans. He laid the barrel on its side behind the maintenance hangar and began cutting through the middle. He was straddling the can with one leg out to the side and one in front of one end. The can suddenly ruptured violently sending the metal end into his leg breaking it severely in several places. Employee #1 said he had not cleaned or purged the barrel before cutting it. Organic hydrocarbon residuals were still inside the used drum. When heated, these liberated flammable vapors until the LEL was reached at which point the drum exploded. Employee #1 spent a couple of weeks in the hospital and a month or two at home recuperating. Several pins were surgically installed. His employer complied with all the Department of Ergonomics requirements for spraying pesticides.
Keywords: fracture, acetylene torch, rupture, cutting and burning, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125723510 Hospitalized injury Fracture Airplane pilots and navigators

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