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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1265240.015 - Usf Reddaway, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 1265240.015Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 09/21/2017

Usf Reddaway, Inc.
11937 Regentview Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 484230/ Specialized Freight (except Used Goods) Trucking, Long-Distance
Mailing: 11937 Regentview Ave, Downey, CA 90241

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/06/2018
Close Case:08/29/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1266155    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $45,000 $0 $0 $3,200 $0 $48,200
Current Penalty $9,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 3203(A)(4) 03/08/2018 04/12/2018 $0 $1,200 $0 04/30/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 3650(T)(7) 03/08/2018 04/12/2018 $0 $1,000 $0 04/30/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
Deleted 3. 01003 Other 3668(A)(1) 03/08/2018 04/12/2018 $0 $1,000 $0 04/30/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
Deleted 4. 02001 Serious 3336(A) 03/08/2018 03/20/2018 $0 $22,500 $0 04/30/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order
  5. 03001 Serious 3385(A) 03/08/2018 03/20/2018 $9,000 $22,500 $0 04/30/2018 O - Administrative Law Judge Order

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 100330.015Event: 09/20/2017Two Employees Suffer Second Degree Burns From Lpg Tank Explo
At 9:30 p.m. on September 20, 2017, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were working in the loading dock area. Employee #1 was operating a Toyota forklift, Model 8FGU25 and Serial number 14319, unloading hardware freight from a trailer parked in a south bay of the loading dock. Employee #2 was operating a Toyota forklift, Model DR6X37 and Serial number 14290, unloading a trailer on the north loading dock, across from Employee #1. Just after backing out of the trailer with a pallet of hardware, Employee #1 turned his forklift around to place a pallet on the loading dock. As the forklift swung around approximately 180 degrees, the LPG tank swung free from the locked position and swung to the right away from the mounting point. Employee #1 entered the trailer to pick up another pallet, and the tank came in contact with the interior wall of the trailer. This contact punctured the LPG tank, and a visible white cloud of propane gas leaked from the tank. Employee #1 heard the leak, dismounted the forklift, and exited the trailer. Employee #2 also heard the impact and walked toward Employee #1 to find out what happened. Employee #1 walked back into the trailer to see if he could turn off the forklift, since the forklift has a safety so that the forklift will not move if no one is sitting in the operator's seat, but the forklift didn't shut off. Approximately 12 seconds after Employee #1 walked into the trailer, the leaked propane gas ignited and caused an explosion. The ignition source was most probably the exhaust system or the electrical system of the forklift. Employee#2 was approximately 20 feet away from the rear of the tractor trailer when the explosion occurred. Both of the employees were transported to a nearby hospital. Employee #1 was then taken to a burn unit and admitted. Employee #2 was released, but was transported by his mother the next morning to a burn unit, where he was also admitted. Both of the employees sustained second degree burns to the face and arms from the blast, and both spent several days in the hospital.
Keywords: pallet, tank, arm, explosion, fire, powered industrial vehicle, face, burn, trailer, puncture, propane
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1265240.015 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.
2 1265240.015 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.

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