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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 313507964 - Us Metals Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino

Nr: 313507964Report ID: 0950633Open Date: 03/24/2010

Us Metals Inc
84481 Cabazon Road
Indio, CA 92201
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5093/Scrap and Waste Materials
NAICS: 423930/Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/23/2010
Emphasis: L:ArrastimClose Case:03/10/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102611712    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 9 11
Current Violations 1 7 8
Initial Penalty $16,650 $0 $0 $6,560 $0 $23,210
Current Penalty $2,025 $0 $0 $5,390 $0 $7,415
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 08/23/2010 08/26/2010 $4,500 $5,000 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 08/23/2010 09/27/2010 $110 $110 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 3395 E03 08/23/2010 09/27/2010 $110 $335 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Other 5144 C01 08/23/2010 09/25/2010 $0 $110 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01005 Other 5155 E01 08/23/2010 09/27/2010 $0 $110 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 6. 01006 Other 5144 F02 08/23/2010 09/25/2010 $0 $110 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007 Other 5194 E01 08/23/2010 09/27/2010 $110 $110 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01008 Other 5194 G08 08/23/2010 09/27/2010 $450 $450 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 01009 Other 14300004 A 08/23/2010 09/27/2010 $0 $225 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 02001 Serious 3306 08/23/2010 08/26/2010 $2,025 $12,600 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 03001 Other 4070 A 08/23/2010 08/26/2010 $110 $4,050 $0 09/13/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202613014Event: 02/25/2010Two Employees Suffer Respiratory Distress In Gas Leak
At approximately 7:38 a.m. on February 25, 2010, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were exposed to chlorine gas release when the excavator operator inadvertently punctured the 1-ton cylinder when he attempted to move the cylinder from a pile of metals. The cylinder was half-full. Employees #1 and #2 suffered acute respiratory distress syndrome due to chlorine inhalation and underwent in-patient hospitalization for a period of two days. The employer, US Metals Inc., in Indio, CA, is primarily engaged in metal recycling business and permitted under Riverside County Department of Environmental Health Hazardous Materials Management Division. The Riverside County Fire Department, not the employer, notified the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) San Bernardino District Office on February 25, 2010 at 2:52 p.m. of the employees' illness.
Keywords: lung, cylinder, inhalation, chlorine, excavator, toxic fumes, puncture, respirator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313507964 Hospitalized injury Other Excavating and loading machine operators
2 313507964 Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction

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