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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126088764 - Airgas West

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 126088764Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 08/20/2003

Airgas West
11711 S. Alameda Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2813/Industrial Gases
NAICS: 325120/Industrial Gas Manufacturing
Mailing: 4007 Paramount Blvd., Suite 100, Lakewood, CA 90712

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/17/2003
Close Case:12/28/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $185 $0 $18,185
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 11/17/2003 02/12/2004 $185 $185 $0 12/05/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 4650 N 11/17/2003 12/05/2003 $185 $18,000 $0 12/05/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201797222Event: 08/16/2003Employee Injured While Spiking Gas Cylinders
On August 16, 2003, Employee #1, a yard supervisor for Airgas West was punching holes in the sides of small, disposable, empty pressure vessels. The activity was being performed as preparation for the vessels to be discarded into a roll-off trash dumpster. Employee #1 had fashioned a spring-sheathed spike welded on top of a rod of rebar. Employer claimed to have no knowledge of the tool's use on the storage yard. Employee #1 stated in an interview that other supervisors including the facilities manager knew of the existence of the rebar spike. Employee #1 would grab both handles of the canister with both hands and throw the cylinder onto the spike, punching a hole in the side. At the time of the accident, one of the cylinders may have been pressurized with residual gas and the cylinder bounced back from the spike, striking Employee #1 in the face. He sustained serious injuries including facial fractures and lacerations. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, cylinder, compressed gas, laceration, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126088764 Hospitalized injury Fracture Supervisors, production occupations

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