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Inspection: 315526707 - Vista Paint Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 315526707Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 11/15/2011

Vista Paint Corporation
2020 E Orangethorpe Ave
Fullerton, CA 92831
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2851/Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels, and Allied Products
NAICS: 325510/Paint and Coating Manufacturing
Mailing: 2020 E Orangethorpe Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/08/2012
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:05/04/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102770518    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 12 3 15
Current Violations 12 3 15
Initial Penalty $155,500 $0 $0 $3,540 $0 $159,040
Current Penalty $155,500 $0 $0 $3,540 $0 $159,040
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5203 C01 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $2,250 $2,250 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 5157 C02 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $450 $450 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 3203 A 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $840 $840 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02001 Serious 5144 C01 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $11,250 $11,250 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 03001 Serious 5157 D03 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $25,000 $25,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 04001 Serious 5157 D04 05/10/2012 05/27/2012 $9,000 $9,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 05001 Serious 5157 D05 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $9,000 $9,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 06001 Serious 5157 E 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $11,250 $11,250 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 07001 Serious 5157 G01 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $13,500 $13,500 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 08001 Serious 5157 K 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $11,250 $11,250 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 09001 Serious 5202 D01 A 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $25,000 $25,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  12. 10001 Serious 5202 E01 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $2,000 $2,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 11001 Serious 5202 F01 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $2,000 $2,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  14. 12001 Serious 5202 G03 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $25,000 $25,000 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  15. 13001 Serious 5202 L03 05/10/2012 05/28/2012 $11,250 $11,250 $0 05/30/2012 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202553608Event: 11/15/2011Two Employees Are Overcome By Vapors Inside Tank, One Dies
On November 15, 2011, Employee #1 and #2 were working at a facility, which manufactured structural coatings. Employee #1, who was a utility laborer, had several job tasks that involved cleaning and caring for equipment. Employee #2 was a maintenance mechanic. Both employees were inside a 9 ft deep and 3,000 gallon water-based latex paint mixing tank (Tank Number 25). They were scraping and removing old paint from the inside of the tank. A paint stripper that contained methylene chloride was used to dissolve paint, which could not be mechanically scrapped off. After some time, a coworker discovered the two employees unconscious. Emergency medical personnel were summoned. They arrived and extracted them from the tank. Employee #1 was pronounced dead and Employee #2 was found alive, but in critical condition. Employee #2 was transported to a medical center, where he was treated for chemical vapor exposure and was hospitalized. The cause of Employee #1's death was chemical asphyxiation.
Keywords: respiratory, unconsciousness, inhalation, tank cleaning, paint solvent, chemical vapor, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315526707 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Machinery maintenance occupations
2 315526707 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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