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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126171065 - Powdermet Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 126171065Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 12/15/1998

Powdermet Inc
9960 A Glenoaks Blvd.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3479/Coating, Engraving, and Allied Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:06/14/1999
Close Case:03/21/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362291098    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 8
Current Violations 8 8
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,755 $0 $1,755
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,755 $0 $1,755
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 06/14/1999 06/23/1999 $325 $325 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 461 A 06/14/1999 07/17/1999 $325 $325 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 5144 C 06/14/1999 09/10/1999 $175 $175 $0 A - Amendment
  4. 01004 Other 6151 C04 06/14/1999 07/01/1999 $85 $85 $0 -
  5. 01005 Other 3400 C 06/14/1999 06/24/1999 $85 $85 $0 -
  6. 01006 Other 14304 B02 06/14/1999 07/01/1999 $325 $325 $0 -
  7. 01007 Other 3203 A02 06/14/1999 06/21/1999 $85 $85 $0 -
  8. 01008 Other 3384 06/14/1999 06/21/1999 $350 $350 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201111408Event: 10/23/1998Employee Burned When Removing Cork From Machine
On October 23, 1998, Employee #1, working for by Powdermet, Inc., was assigned the task of cleaning out a "fluid bed metallization reactor." The unit was undergoing research and development. Employee #1 was removing a cork stopper off a standpipe while standing on a 6-ft ladder. Employee #1 received second and third degree burns to the underside of his right lower forearm by the wrist and was hospitalized. The injury required a skin graft. Several factors were noted about the accident. The employee was wearing latex gloves when butyl-nitrate gloves were more appropriate. The employee performed the wrong shut down procedure to remove the cork. The pressure inside the supply vessel had increased causing the tri-Isobutyl Aluminum to flow at a higher rate (i.e., 8 to 10 lbs versus 4 to 5 lbs). Powdermet, Inc., the employer, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets and distributes raw materials based on "nano-encapsulated powder" technology using a fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition coating process. Another employee was present at the time of the accident.
Keywords: burn, ppe, glove, machinist, work rules, cleaning, coating operation, chemical burn, arm
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126171065 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Machine operators, not specified

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