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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300787462 - Baker Electric Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 300787462Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 11/08/2001

Baker Electric Inc
2180 Meyers Ave
Escondido, CA 92029
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/18/2001
Close Case:04/18/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 6
Current Violations 6 6
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,300 $0 $1,300
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,115 $0 $1,115
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 02/05/2002 02/08/2002 $375 $375 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 02/05/2002 02/08/2002 $185 $185 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 3653 A 02/05/2002 01/30/2002 $0 $185 $0 A - Amendment
  4. 01004 Other 3660 A 02/05/2002 01/30/2002 $185 $185 $0 -
  5. 01005 Other 3664 A 02/05/2002 01/30/2002 $185 $185 $0 -
  6. 01006 Other 3664 A01 02/05/2002 01/03/2002 $185 $185 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 300787462Event: 07/07/2001Employee'S Hands Are Burned When Welding Powder Ignites
Employee #1 was working as a laborer for an electrical contractor. He was taking a lunch break at his work location, a warehouse. He was sitting on the curb, just outside the warehouse loading doors, smoking a cigarette. When he began to put out the cigarette on the ground, he noted that there was a powdery substance on the ground. When he placed the lit cigarette into this powdery substance, it caught fire, flared up, and burned both his hands. Employee #1 was transported to the University of California, San Diego, Burn Center, where he was hospitalized for 5 days with second and third degree burns to both hands. This substance was later identified as CADWELD, a magnesium oxide power used to make welded electrical connections. It is highly flammable. Employee #1 was aware of CADWELD, but he did not know that it was the substance on the ground. Neither Employee #1 nor his employer knew why this powder, which is normally kept in controlled containers, was at this location. The causal factor for this accident is that Employee #1 placed a lit cigarette in a highly flammable substance.
Keywords: burn, construction, welding, smoking, powder, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300787462 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction

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