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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126099506 - Mechanical Metal Finishing Co

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126099506Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 02/19/2004

Mechanical Metal Finishing Co
15220 S Broadway
Gardena, CA 90248
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3398/Metal Heat Treating
NAICS: 332811/Metal Heat Treating

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/13/2004
Close Case:08/19/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $14,850 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,850
Current Penalty $6,185 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,185
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 25400003 08/17/2004 08/27/2004 $3,710 $4,950 $0 09/01/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 5174 D 08/17/2004 08/27/2004 $2,475 $4,950 $0 09/01/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Other 5174 I 08/17/2004 08/27/2004 $0 $4,950 $0 09/01/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201166378Event: 02/18/2004Employee Suffers Second And Third Degree Burns In Explosion
At approximately 10:40 p.m. on February 18, 2004, Employee #1, a machine operator, was emptying a Torit Cabinet Dust Collector, Model Number 81, and Serial Number 80, which was attached to a Goff Barrel blast machine. The function of the combination barrel blast machine and dust collector was for a steel shot to remove burs from the edges of magnesium parts. As the burs are pulverized, dust from the machine is sucked through a metal reinforced hose to the collector, where the motor pulls the air through a filter constructed of cloth-like bags. His normal responsibilities included operating blasting, deburring, and other finishing machines used to clean metal parts. In addition, operators were required to keep their work stations clean, such as removing boxes and excess material, sweeping and emptying dust collectors. Prior to emptying the dust collector, Employee #1 deenergized the machine. Then he shook the dust loose from the filter and removed the bottom cover from the front of the collector. Using a white plastic scoop, Employee #1 proceeded to scoop out the dust and place it into a white 5-gallon bucket. For some reason, an explosion occurred. Employee #1 was hospitalized a Torrance Burn Center and treated for second and third degree burns to his hands, arms, chest, and legs. A detailed investigation determined that a metal dust explosion had occurred.
Keywords: burn, dust, flammable liquid, fire, dust collector, explosion, smoke, smoke inhalation
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126099506 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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