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Inspection: 311669907 - Cemex California Cement Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bern M&T

Nr: 311669907Report ID: 0950653Open Date: 12/14/2009

Cemex California Cement Llc
25220 Black Mountain Quarry Road
Apple Valley, CA 92307
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1499/Miscellaneous Nonmetallic Minerals, Except Fuels
NAICS: 212399/All Other Nonmetallic Mineral Mining
Mailing: 16888 North E Street, Victorville, CA 92394

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/23/2010
Emphasis: L:TunnelClose Case:11/15/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $700 $0 $18,700
Current Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $700 $0 $10,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A04 02/23/2010 03/05/2010 $700 $700 $0 03/08/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 3328 A 02/23/2010 03/05/2010 $10,000 $18,000 $0 03/08/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202317905Event: 12/13/2009Employee Is Burned In Natural Gas Explosion
At approximately 8:06 p.m. on December 13, 2009, Employee #1, a quarry production utility leadman, was attempting to light a large natural gas torch with a friction lighter when an inadvertent buildup of gas from the torch exploded. When the explosion occurred, Employee #1 was thrown from, or jumped from, the step ladder he was using and landed on the steel catwalk about five feet below. He was hospitalized with second-degree and third-degree burns from the explosion and hip bruising from the fall to the cat walk. The cause of this accident was a failure to use or follow any of the instructions that had been included with the torch (Belchfire Model E natural gas/compressed air fired torch). An additional contributing causal factor, which increased the force of the explosion, was the repeated failed attempts to light the torch while the torch's combustion chamber was directed down into a cyclone vessel. This resulted in an accumulation of natural gas inside the cyclone vessel, which exploded when the friction lighter sparked.
Keywords: burn, flammable vapors, natural gas, torch, explosion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311669907 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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