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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126054618 - Washington Auto Center

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126054618Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 08/13/1997

Washington Auto Center
2522 W. Washington Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90018
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7538/General Automotive Repair Shops

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/16/1997
Close Case:09/13/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362563942    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $625 $0 $625
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $625 $0 $625
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 09/16/1997 09/19/1997 $250 $250 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 09/16/1997 10/07/1997 $250 $250 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 3400 C 09/16/1997 10/07/1997 $125 $125 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170609622Event: 08/04/1997Employee Burned In Gasoline Explosion
At 9:45 a.m. on August 4, 1997, Employee #1 was inspecting a car's engine that had died. To check the fuel line pressure, he disconnected a gasoline line and put in a pressure gauge. With the engine running, he got in the car and stepped on the gas pedal to evaluate the pressure. He then got out to read the pressure gauge under the hood. He found no pressure but instead that a tube had come off and that gasoline was flowing out. He tried to hold the gasoline in by squeezing the rubber or plastic tube, calling to a coworker to come and turn off the engine. There was an explosion and fire, and Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns on both lower arms and first-degree burns on his neck and head. He was hospitalized until August 12, 1997.
Keywords: burn, head, repair, automotive repair, flammable liquid, fire, explosion, automobile, neck, gasoline
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126054618 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Automobile mechanics

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