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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309906014 - Supershuttle Los Angeles, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 309906014Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 05/26/2007

Supershuttle Los Angeles, Inc
23924 Figueroa St
Carson, CA 90745
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4111/Local and Suburban Transit
NAICS: 485113/Bus and Other Motor Vehicle Transit Systems
Mailing: 531 S Van Ness St, Torrance, CA 90501

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/19/2007
Close Case:07/09/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $22,500 $0 $0 $375 $0 $22,875
Current Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 14300004 A01 09/27/2007 10/17/2007 $0 $375 $0 10/17/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 3328 F 09/27/2007 04/28/2009 $4,500 $22,500 $0 10/17/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201039195Event: 05/26/2007Employee Is Killed When Compressed Gas Tank Explodes
At about 9:52 a.m. on May 26, 2007, Employee #1, a franchise employee of SuperShuttle Los Angeles, Inc., was refueling his Ford E350 Club Wagon van (California license 6R59353, VIN 1FBSS31MX1HB49951) at the Clean Energy refueling station. The van was powered by compressed natural gas (CNG) and contained five fuel tanks. For some reason, Employee #1 went to the rear of the van and knelt down by the rear tank, the tank closest to the rear bumper. The tank exploded and ripped the back bodywork and metal bumper off the van, catching Employee #1 and throwing him approximately 40 feet across the tarmac. The bumper landed on the sidewalk at the edge of the refueling station lot. Employee #1 sustained massive trauma and was killed. The Department of Safety and Health (DOSH) Pressure Vessel Unit conducted a forensic investigation. It concluded that the tank's failure was caused by its rapid bursting, due to structural damage and corrosion from battery acid splashed on the tank from another car's battery during a previous rear end collision.
Keywords: inadequate maint, compressed gas, driver, equipment failure, explosion, struck by, flying object, tank, motor vehicle
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309906014 Fatality Other Taxi cab drivers and chauffeurs

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