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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126062520 - Sims Welding

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126062520Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 11/14/2005

Sims Welding
6060 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5999/Miscellaneous Retail Stores, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 453998/All Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers (except Tobacco Stores)
Mailing: 2445 South St., Long Beach, CA 90805

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/05/2006
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:11/20/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $17,550 $0 $0 $0 $0 $17,550
Current Penalty $5,875 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,875
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 4650 D 05/09/2006 05/12/2006 $2,250 $2,925 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 4650 E 05/09/2006 05/12/2006 $250 $2,925 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 4649 A 05/09/2006 05/12/2006 $3,375 $11,700 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201167582Event: 11/10/2005Employee Is Injured When Helium Tank Explodes
At approximately 4:25 p.m. on November 10, 2005, Employee #1 was filling a tank of helium at a party store. The tank was 19 inches high and 8 inches in diameter, was constructed of aluminum, and was manufactured by Kiddee. It had a CGA 580 fitting designed for helium. As he filled the tank, he heard a hissing sound so he stopped the filling process. Thinking that it was a faulty rupture disc, he removed the original disc, which was rated for 3500 psi, and replaced it with another disc rated at 3775 psi. He then used a wrench to tighten the transfill hose to the valve. When he be began fill the tank again, it exploded. He was struck by a piece of the tank approximately 10 inches long by 8 inches wide by 4 inches thick and suffered a compound fracture of his femur. He was hospitalized with his injury.
Keywords: cylinder, compressed gas, explosion, high pressure, struck by, tank, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126062520 Hospitalized injury Fracture Sales occupations, other business services

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