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Inspection: 125873166 - Ormesa Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 125873166Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 11/28/2005

Ormesa Llc
3300 East Hewes Hwy
Holtville, CA 92250
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1781/Water Well Drilling
NAICS: 237110/Water and Sewer Line and Related Structures Construction
Mailing: Po Box 86, Holtville, CA 92250

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/14/2006
Close Case:03/13/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362425266    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $21,375 $0 $0 $935 $0 $22,310
Current Penalty $18,270 $0 $0 $600 $0 $18,870
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 461 C 02/15/2006 04/04/2006 $300 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 1509 A 02/15/2006 04/04/2006 $300 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 1509 B 02/15/2006 04/04/2006 $0 $185 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Serious 3329 B 02/15/2006 03/02/2006 $270 $3,375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 03001 Serious 3329 C 02/15/2006 03/02/2006 $18,000 $18,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201069390Event: 11/09/2005Employees Are Burned By Hot Water From Pipeline
At approximately 12:00 noon on September 9, 2005, Employee #1 and #2, both welders, were repairing a leaking 20-in.-diameter carbide steel injection geothermal pipeline. Employee #1 released a come-along (a ratchet-chain puller/hoist) that was securing a temporary metal saddle patch (10 in. by 10 in. by 0.5 in.) covering a previously-repaired leak on the pipeline. The pipeline then ruptured, releasing steam and pressurized hot water (170 degrees Fahrenheit and 380 psi). The release created an 8-ft-deep, 25-ft-diameter crater. Both employees were sprayed with the hot water that escaped from the ruptured pipeline, and were both thrown away from the pipeline. Employee #1 was hospitalized at UCSD Burn Center for third-degree burns to back of his right leg, the left side of his body (from his hip to his armpit), his back, and his stomach. Employee #2 was hospitalized at El Centro Regional Center for burns to his left shoulder and left arm, and contusions to his shoulder and elbow.
Keywords: burn, leak, repair, torso, steam, pipeline, arm, pressure release, hot water, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125873166 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Welders and cutters

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