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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126086610 - Composites Horizons Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 126086610Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 03/14/2002

Composites Horizons Inc
1471 Industrial Park St
Covina, CA 91723
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3728/Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:05/08/2002
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:11/21/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362548778    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $370 $0 $370
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $370 $0 $370
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A 05/08/2002 06/03/2002 $185 $185 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3660 A 05/08/2002 05/13/2002 $185 $185 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201795325Event: 03/14/2002Employee Singed By Flash Fire
On March 13, 2002, Employee #1 had finished applying a small sheet of fiberglass to the bottom inside of a tub-shaped part, which measured 1 ft, 10 in. deep; 3ft, 10 in. long; and 1 ft., 7 in. wide. When Employee #1 brought a heat gun close to the sheet to lay it down flat on the part, the solvent vapors ignited causing a flash. Employee #1's eyebrows and some of her hair were singed and she was transported to a medical facility for observation. The causal factor of ignition is believed to be the solvent of an adhesive. Management and witness statements indicate that the management was not aware that employees were using adhesive but a floor supervisor at the company was disciplined for use of the unauthorized adhesive. A similar incident had occurred about one month prior to the event but was not adequately investigated. The company produces composite materials for use in aerospace applications. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: heat, vapor, flammable liquid, work rules, fire, heat exchanger
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126086610 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Assemblers

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