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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309298032 - Smiths Aerospace

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 309298032Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 05/15/2007

Smiths Aerospace
2036 E Dyer Rd
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3728/Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 336413/Other Aircraft Parts and Auxiliary Equipment Manufacturing
Mailing: 2040 E Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/18/2007
Close Case:08/28/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102519592    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $5,370 $0 $23,370
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $370 $0 $18,370
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 10/19/2007 10/24/2007 $0 $5,000 $0 11/07/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 23400023 A 10/19/2007 10/24/2007 $185 $185 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 5155 D 10/19/2007 10/31/2007 $185 $185 $0 -
  4. 02001 Serious 5549 A 10/19/2007 10/24/2007 $18,000 $18,000 $0 11/07/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201149119Event: 04/19/2007Worker Cleaning Fuel Tank Is Burned When Vapors Ignite
On April 19, 2007, Employee #1 was working as a full-time payroll employee with no other contracts for a firm that manufactured aircraft parts, including landing gear and fuel tanks. At the time of the accident, he was cleaning the interior of a 120-gallon fuel tank that was 9 feet long and 68 inches in circumference. The fuel tank was located on a wheeled cradle in the firm's paint department. The tank being cleaned was the twelfth in a production order of twenty tanks. A coworker, who was a trainee, was observing Employee #1 as he cleaned the tank. Before he began cleaning the tank, Employee #1 had turned on and placed in the middle section of the tank a Lumapro Model Number 6X971B portable fluorescent lamp. He then inserted his right arm into an opening approx 5 inches wide by 7 inches high near the top of the back tank section to clean the back section of the tank, using a cloth rag dampened with acetone. After thirty minutes, the flammable acetone vapors ignited, burning Employee #1. He sustained superficial second degree burns to his face and neck, and circumferential mid second degree burns to his right upper extremity (forearm). Employee #1 was transported by a crew from the Santa Ana Fire Department to a hospital. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, aircraft, flammable vapors, forearm, lighting fixture, tank cleaning, acetone, neck, face, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309298032 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Painters, construction and maintenance

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