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Inspection: 313646101 - Los Angeles Dept Of Water & Power

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 313646101Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 07/31/2012

Los Angeles Dept Of Water & Power
900 E Lomita Blvd
Wilmington, CA 90744
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
NAICS: 221122/Electric Power Distribution
Mailing: 1350 S Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/08/2013
Close Case:06/30/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101035061    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 6
Current Violations 1 4 5
Initial Penalty $74,250 $840 $75,090
Current Penalty $22,500 $6,280 $28,780
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 3203 A05 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $0 $560 $0 01/15/2013 D - Govt Dismissed
  2. 01002 Other 5162 E 01/09/2013 01/21/2013 $280 $280 $0 01/15/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  3. 02001 Serious 23200002 A02 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $22,500 $22,500 $0 01/15/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  4. 03001 Other 23200002 A03 A 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $2,000 $22,500 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 04001 Other 23200002 A05 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $2,000 $22,500 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 05001 Other 23200002 A03 B 01/09/2013 01/24/2013 $2,000 $6,750 $0 01/15/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202531414Event: 07/16/2012Burn - Electrical Fault In Battery Rack
A crew was working upgrading the battery room at a receiving substation. (The room provided emergency power for up to 8 hours.) The electric utility had purchased replacement batteries from RSC in Wilmington, CA. Before starting work that day, the crew connected the newly purchased batteries in series. Two workers had requested insulated tools as well as appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves, barriers, and an insulated torque wrench. None could be provided on that day, but the employer allowed the work to continue. At about 1:00 p.m., after one worker had connected all the batteries in one rack in series, he made a cross-aisle connection to a second rack. As he was connecting the cross-aisle cable to the last battery on the upper level of the first rack, the other end of the cable dropped. It came too close to the exposed positive terminal of the last battery on the lower level of the same rack, causing an electrical fault. The ensuing electric arc burned the worker's rubber insulating gloves and melted his left glove into the middle and ring fingers of his left hand. He sustained second- and third-degree burns, requiring surgeries and hospitalization for several days. The employer had not trained its employees in the proper procedures for, and hazards of, working with wet cell batteries.
Keywords: battery, burn, elec protect equip, electric arc, electrical, ppe, work rules, e ptd, elec utility work, electrical fault
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313646101 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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