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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312435209 - Reddaway

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 312435209Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 12/17/2009

12100 Montague St.
Pacoima, CA 91331
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4212/Local Trucking Without Storage
NAICS: 484110/ General Freight Trucking, Local

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/17/2009
Close Case:05/28/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202468724Event: 11/25/2009Employee Is Burned When Leaking Propane Ignites
On November 25, 2009, Employee #1 was operating a forklift inside a tractor trailer that was docked for unloading. The forklift was propane-powered, with the propane tank mounted on a fixed support with a hinged security bracket. The bracket was secured by a latch on one end and had a grab handle that protruded outward. Employee #1 was backing out of the trailer when, unknown to him, the security bracket swung open 180 degrees. Because the forklift was traveling backward, he did not notice the open bracket. The grab handle hit the rails of the trailer's overhead door and bent, puncturing the side of the propane tank and causing release of the gas. Employee #1 stated that he turned his head to the right to look back since he was traveling in reverse. He heard a loud hissing sound and jumped off the forklift. He saw gas escaping from the tank and started to walk away. He then stopped to look back. At the same time, the heat of the motor ignited the propane, creating a ball of fire. Employee #1 sustained second-degree and third-degree burns to his arms and face and was hospitalized for his injuries.
Keywords: burn, ind trk operator, flammable vapors, explosion, industrial truck, gas leak, propane, tractor trailer, arm, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312435209 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Freight, stock and material handlers, n.e.c.

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