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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 315076364 - Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno

Nr: 315076364Report ID: 0950625Open Date: 07/20/2012

Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass, Llc
16457 Avenue 24 1/2
Chowchilla, CA 93610
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4911/Electric Services
NAICS: 221119/Other Electric Power Generation

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/23/2012
Emphasis: L:FieldsanClose Case:11/29/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $820 $0 $820
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $820 $0 $820
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3382 A 10/19/2012 10/24/2012 $410 $410 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314 G01 10/19/2012 10/24/2012 $410 $410 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201496882Event: 06/02/2012Worker Sustains Burn From Leaking Heat Exchanger
On June 2, 2012, an employee was working for Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass, LLC, in Chowchilla, CA. This firm converts biomass into energy. A heat exchanger in a power generator had developed a leak. The employee was removing an access door to the exhaust duct of the power generator to view the leaking heat exchanger. After he unbolted the door, steam was able to escape. It blew through the opening and onto his neck. The employee sustained a burn to his neck. The Chowchilla Police Department received a call for an emergency from the local emergency room and responded. The employee was taken to Madera Community Hospital, where he was subsequently treated and released that day. An investigation was conducted by the Fresno DOSH office, representing the Division.
Keywords: burn, exhaust system, leak, maintenance, emergency response, steam, heat exchanger, elec utility work, neck
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315076364 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Specified mechanics and repairers

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