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Inspection: 313386658 - Dewey Services, Incorporated

Inspection Information - Office: Bakersfield District Office

Nr: 313386658Report ID: 0950647Open Date: 07/31/2012

Dewey Services, Incorporated
5909 Bridge Creek
Bakersfield, CA 93313
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7342/Disinfecting and Pest Control Services
NAICS: 561710/Exterminating and Pest Control Services
Mailing: 939 East Union St, Pasadena, CA 91106

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/29/2012
Close Case:01/23/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $185 $0 $185
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $185 $0 $185
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3395 F03 11/29/2012 01/01/2013 $185 $185 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202457685Event: 06/01/2012Employee Spraying House With Insecticide Faints
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on June 1, 2012, Employee #1 was applying pesticide for a firm that was primarily engaged in pest control for residential and commercial buildings and properties. Employee #1 had arrived at a residence to spray Suspend SC insecticide shortly after 8:00 a.m. Employee #1 sprayed the inside of a home and its garage. He had left his vehicle parked at the curb in front of the residence. He had finished treating the inside of the residence and had gone to his truck to put a small hand can in the truck's lockbox. He was taking a break on the tailgate of his truck after he had sprayed the home, when he unexpectedly fainted. He fell off the tailgate where he had sat to take a short break before he started spraying the exterior of the client's property. Employee #1 sustained a syncopal episode classified as a heat illness, such as heat syncope. The temperature that morning was about 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). The loss of consciousness was probably due in part to Employee #1's relatively dehydrated state. In addition, Employee #1 had several personal risk factors that likely contributed to his unconsciousness. He had made preparations, as he had a case of bottled water in his vehicle. Also, he had received heat illness prevention training. Employee #1 stated that he had not experienced any symptoms of heat illness prior to his sudden fainting. He had several preexisting conditions and personal risk factors that contributed to the syncopal episode. Employee #1 had only been back to work for 5 days and was likely not fully acclimatized. The chemical he was using was determined to be benign and not a factor in the illness. The accident was reported to the Bakersfield District office by the employer at 10:17 p.m. that same day.
Keywords: cardiovasc system, unconsciousness, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, toxic fumes, pesticide
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313386658 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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