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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 305472557 - Exxon Mobil Refinery

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 305472557Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 03/06/2003

Exxon Mobil Refinery
3700 West 190th St
Torrance, CA 90509
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2911/Petroleum Refining
NAICS: 324110/Petroleum Refineries

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/24/2003
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:09/03/2006
Emphasis: N:Psmpqv

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362434102    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $45,000 $0 $0 $10,000 $0 $55,000
Current Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $1,125 $0 $7,425
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 07/26/2003 07/31/2003 $0 $10,000 $0 03/19/2004 D - Govt Dismissed
  2. 02001 Other 3384 B 07/25/2003 08/07/2003 $1,125 $22,500 $0 03/19/2004 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 4002 A 07/25/2003 08/07/2003 $6,300 $22,500 $0 03/19/2004 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201034899Event: 02/17/2003Employee Injured While Cutting In Coke Drum
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on February 17, 2003, Employee #1, a coker operator in an oil refinery, was cutting coke in the Number 7 coke drum. The employee was wearing rubber gloves. He finished drilling the pilot hole that ran from the top to the bottom of the drum. The pilot hole allowed cut coke to exit the bottom of the drum during cutting. The employee then brought the cutting assembly up to the top of the 100 foot drum and began cutting. The cutting assembly consisted of an air wench, wire rope, drill stem, and cutting tool. He noticed that he had lost draft, indicating the pilot hole had become plugged. He began unplugging the hole by pushing the plug down to the bottom of the drum with the drill stem and cutting tool. After clearing the plug, the drill stem cable became slack. While attempting to realign the cable on the spool, the employee used his left gloved hand to take up slack. The drill suddenly fell, putting tension (approximately 1 ton) on the cable and catching his hand and drawing it into the pinch point. The employee suffered a partial amputation of his left hand and was hospitalized.
Keywords: drum hoist, amputated, wire rope, caught between, coke drum, nip point, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305472557 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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