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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $31,500 $0 $0 $375 $0 $31,875
Current Penalty $31,500 $0 $0 $375 $0 $31,875
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B02 05/04/2009 05/28/2009 $375 $375 $0 05/26/2009 W - Empr Withdrew
  2. 02001 Serious 3203 A06 05/04/2009 05/18/2009 $6,750 $6,750 $0 05/26/2009 W - Empr Withdrew
  3. 03001 Serious 5191 F04 A13 05/04/2009 05/28/2009 $6,750 $6,750 $0 05/26/2009 W - Empr Withdrew
  4. 04001 Serious 3383 B 05/04/2009 05/07/2009 $18,000 $18,000 $0 05/26/2009 W - Empr Withdrew

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202539920 Event: 12/29/2008Pyrophoric Liquid Spills On Worker, Who Dies From Fire
At approximately 3:00 p.m. on December 29, 2008, a research assistant was working in her laboratory and was withdrawing approximately 20 ml. of tertiary butyl lithium in pentane from a sealed container using a plastic syringe. The maximum capacity of the syringe was 60 ml. As she was withdrawing the liquid, the syringe came out of the barrel, causing the mixture to leak out and spill on the research assistant's clothing, torso and hands. Upon contact with air the liquid immediately caught fire. (The compound is pyrophoric and will ignite spontaneously in contact with air.) A coworker smothered the flames with his lab coat. Another coworker threw water from a sink at her. Emergency responders were called and wheeled the research assistant under the laboratory's emergency shower, and then transported her to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. She was then transferred to Grossman Burn Center located in Sherman Oaks on the same day. The injured worker died on January 16, 2009, while being treated at the Grossman Medical Center.
Keywords: burn, abdomen, ppe, work rules, fire, equipment failure, chemical reaction, skin, spill, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300869591 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Chemists, except biochemists

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