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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300759289 - Equilon Enterprises Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 300759289Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 08/07/2000

Equilon Enterprises Llc
23208 S Alameda
Wilmington, CA 90744
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2911/Petroleum Refining
Mailing: 2101 E Pacific Coast Hwy, Wilmington, CA 90744

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/07/2000
Emphasis: S:Process Safety ManagementClose Case:06/12/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $22,500 $0 $0 $342 $0 $22,842
Current Penalty $5,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,060
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 342 A 11/03/2000 11/08/2000 $0 $342 $0 12/19/2000 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 02001 Serious 6828 A 11/03/2000 11/16/2000 $5,060 $22,500 $0 12/19/2000 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201033305Event: 07/31/2000Employee Injured In Fall From Scaffold Ladder
At approximately 10 p.m. on July 31, 2000, Employee #1, the night supervisor, was observing the progress of a steam cleaning operation involving the out-of-service vapor recovery line to tank #1025. He was investigating the area around the 10 in. blind flange and the spreader bars, which was reportedly plugged, when a stream of water began to flow from the top of the flange. Employee #1 began to smell hydrogen sulfide gas and saw a stream of water and light hydrocarbons start to gush out of the area around the spreader bars and cover the 6 ft square scaffold platform. He later stated that he held his breath, climbed over the railing and began to descend the 21 ft scaffold ladder. Shortly thereafter, his hands and feet slipped from the rungs and he fell to the asphalt floor. Employee #1 suffered a fractured right femur, right knee, and left shoulder, and was hospitalized for 10 days at Long Beach Memorial Hospitalized. Among the causal factors that led to the accident were the lack of controls to safely dispose of the oil-water mixtures and the foreseeable toxic effects of hydrogen sulfide during maintenance activities. There were no bleed valves on the system to relieve pressure in the piping and no covers/diverters over the flanges to direct oily-water down instead of onto the ladder rungs.
Keywords: fracture, hydrogen sulfide, work rules, slip, inhalation, descending, fall, slippery surface, housekeeping, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300759289 Hospitalized injury Fracture Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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