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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300854627 - City Of San Diego Water Department

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Anaheim (Psm S.)

Nr: 300854627Report ID: 0950637Open Date: 03/02/2002

City Of San Diego Water Department
10710 Scripps Lake Dr
San Diego, CA 92131
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4941/Water Supply

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:07/26/2002
Close Case:06/28/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362474868    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 10 16
Current Violations 4 10 14
Initial Penalty $56,250 $0 $0 $5,185 $0 $61,435
Current Penalty $38,250 $0 $0 $5,490 $0 $43,740
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 07/26/2002 07/31/2002 $375 $375 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 5189 D03 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $420 $420 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 5189 E02 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $420 $420 $0 -
  4. 01004 Other 5189 G02 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $420 $420 $0 W - Empr Withdrew
Deleted 5. 01005 Other 6184 B02 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $0 $560 $0 D - Govt Dismissed
  6. 01006 Other 5144 K05 07/26/2002 08/28/2004 $560 $560 $0 W - Empr Withdrew
Deleted 7. 01007 Other 5189 J04 C 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $0 $560 $0 D - Govt Dismissed
  8. 01008 Other 5144 H02 A 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $560 $560 $0 -
  9. 01009 Other 5144 H02 B 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $560 $560 $0 -
  10. 01010 Other 5189 F01 B 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $750 $750 $0 -
  11. 02001 Serious 3328 C 07/26/2002 08/05/2002 $18,000 $22,500 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  12. 03001 Other 5144 G03 B 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $750 $6,750 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 04001 Serious 5144 H03 C 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $6,750 $6,750 $0 -
  14. 05001 Other 5189 J04 B 07/26/2002 08/05/2002 $675 $6,750 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  15. 06001 Serious 5189 E04 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $6,750 $6,750 $0 -
  16. 07001 Serious 5144 F02 07/26/2002 08/28/2002 $6,750 $6,750 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201142536Event: 02/27/2002Employee Inhaled Chlorine When The Connection Failed
On February 27, 2002, a water treatment plant operator, Employee #1, changed a 1-ton container of chlorine using a supplied air respirator and a standby rescuer with a self contained breathing apparatus. He re-entered the chlorine storage room alone, without a respirator, to log numbers from the container after the hook up was completed. Employee #1 jiggled an emergency shut off actuator that was mounted on the outlet valve of the container to ensure that it was well connected. When he did, the yoke connection came loose and liquid chlorine began spraying from the container outlet valve at him. Employee #1 inhaled chlorine gas and he was alone, without visual or voice contact of others and had no personal alarm. He exited the room and donned a self contained breathing apparatus that had an empty air cylinder. Other employees eventually responded to his cries for help. Employee #2, a supervising operator activated a remote emergency shut off on the control board, which failed to operate. Employee #2 then activated another shut off button on a wall outside the chlorine storage room. It closed the container outlet valve and stopped the leak. Employee #1 had used a damaged yoke connection (CGA 820) to connect the chlorine container to flexible "pigtail" tubing. The yoke had been damaged from overtightening by employees. Employee #1 treated himself with oxygen at the scene and was later hospitalized. He returned to work two weeks later.
Keywords: chlorine, accidental discharge
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300854627 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Chemists, except biochemists

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