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Inspection: 311068571 - Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca North

Nr: 311068571Report ID: 0950663Open Date: 12/26/2007

Pacific Scientific Energetic Materials Company
3601 Union Rd.
Hollister, CA 95023
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2892/Explosives
NAICS: 325920/Explosives Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/17/2008
Close Case:07/13/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101486405    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $30,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $30,400
Current Penalty $5,400 $0 $0 $2,500 $0 $7,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5189 F01 A 04/17/2008 04/27/2008 $2,500 $25,000 $0 05/14/2008 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 02001 Serious 5189 F02 04/17/2008 04/27/2008 $5,400 $5,400 $0 05/14/2008 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202506309Event: 12/15/2007Employee Is Burned By Explosive Material
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on December 15, 2007, Employee #1 loaded 25 grams of PE-240 explosive material into an automated weigh/load machine (PAC 3 Loader) at an explosives manufacturing facility. The dry powder form of PE-240, a static-sensitive, friction-sensitive, Class 1.3 pyrotechnic initiating material, consisted of zirconium metal, potassium perchlorate, and Viton. While Employee #1 was pouring the explosive PE-240 material into the weigh/load autoloader by hand, it initiated. As a result, Employee #1 sustained burns to his right arm and face and a closed nasal fracture. Employee #1 was airlifted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA, where he was admitted to the ICU. The employer reported the accident to the Fremont District Office on December 16, 2007. The Fremont District Office transferred the accident report to the Northern California Process Safety Management District Office on December 19, 2007. It was noted that Procedure MP-90306-09 (titled "Igniter Assembly (PAC-3)") required that the PE-240 powder be loaded into the weigh/load device by a mechanical arm.
Keywords: burn, fracture, explosives, work rules, fire, nose, explosion, arm, face, pyrotechnics
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311068571 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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