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Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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Inspection: 1416232.015 - Southern California Gas Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino

Nr: 1416232.015Report ID: 0950633Open Date: 07/15/2019

Southern California Gas Company
23562 Wooden Horse Trail
Murrieta, CA 92562
Union Status: Union
SIC:
NAICS: 221210/Natural Gas Distribution
Mailing: 555 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/13/2020
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1476332    
Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $38,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $38,500
Current Penalty $38,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $38,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3203(A)(2) 01/13/2020 01/24/2020 $13,500 $13,500 $0 02/19/2020 -
  2. 02001 Serious 3203(A)(4) 01/13/2020 01/24/2020 $25,000 $25,000 $0 02/19/2020 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 118041.015Event: 07/15/2019One Employee Is Killed, Two Are Burned In Gas Explosion
At 12:15 p.m. on July 15, 2019, Employee #1, #2 and #3 were trying to stop a natural gas leak that was coming from the main line in the street into a pipe going into a residential house. The gas pipe was ruptured when it was struck by the sharp end of a 0.25 inch ground rod that had been hammered into the ground by a solar power company. Employee #1 started digging with a shovel and Employee #2 was standing next to him. After few minutes, an explosion occurred inside the house and another explosion occurred inside the garage. The garage door flew away in front of the house. Employee #3 stated that he was thrown to the other side of the street due to impact and struck a black truck that was parked on the street. Employee #1 sustained burns and blunt force head trauma and was killed. Employee #2 and #3 sustained burn injuries and were transported to a nearby medical center, where they were hospitalized for over 24 hours.
Keywords: burn, explosion, natural gas, leak, head
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1416232.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Technicians, n.e.c.

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