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Inspection: 314830464 - Sky Brand Services

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Nr: 314830464Report ID: 0950646Open Date: 06/19/2012

Sky Brand Services
S23 R29s 31e H S Jewett Tank Farm 301 Campus
Arvin, CA 93203
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1795/Wrecking and Demolition Work
NAICS: 238910/Site Preparation Contractors
Mailing: 14700 S. Edison Rd., Bakersfield, CA 93307

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/25/2012
Emphasis: S:Construction (Cship)Close Case:07/24/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $13,500 $0 $0 $200 $0 $13,700
Current Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $100 $0 $10,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 1734 A 11/20/2012 12/07/2012 $100 $200 $0 12/24/2012 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 02001 Serious 5416 C 11/20/2012 12/07/2014 $10,800 $13,500 $0 12/24/2012 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202471389Event: 06/19/2012Foreman Is Killed And Employee Injured In Oil Tank Explosion
At approximately 9:20 a.m. on June 19, 2012, employees of Sky Brand Services, a licensed scrap company specializing in salvage of oilfield tank farms, were working at a tank farm in Arvin, CA. The site was leased by Sun Mountain Oil and Gas, which had categorized the tank farm for an abandonment process. Employee #1, one of the partners of the scrap company who was acting as foreman/supervisor of the salvage operation, was standing on a fixed ladder attached between two tanks. He was using a 3 foot long LPG/oxygen torch to cut into a 3-inch oil pipe line located at the uppermost part of the two tanks. The oil line had not been tested for fumes. An out-of-service 400-barrel oil tank exploded. Employee #1 received blunt force trauma injuries to multiple body parts and was killed. Employee #2 was knocked approximately 60 feet from the exploding tank and landed against a chain link fence on the west side of the location. The Kern County Fire Department notified Cal/OSHA at approximately 9:20 a.m. on June 19, 2012. Employee #1 was transported to the Kern County Coroner's office. Employee #2 was flown by medevac to Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA. Investigation determined the immediate cause of the explosion was failure to test and purge the gas fumes from the 3-inch oil line prior to using the torch to cut into it. At the time of this report, the Cal/OSHA Division planned to issue the employer a serious accident related citation of Title 8 California Code of Regulations 5416(c).
Keywords: demolition, ladder, oil tank, construction, torch, explosion, pipeline, purging, toxic fumes
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314830464 Fatality Puncture Occupation not reported

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