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Inspection: 315775775 - Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Foster City District Office

Nr: 315775775Report ID: 0950613Open Date: 05/15/2013

Clean Harbors Environmental Services, Inc.
1100-1120 Veterans Blvd.
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4953/Refuse Systems
NAICS: 562211/Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal
Mailing: 1010 Commercial Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/13/2013
Close Case:11/13/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $77,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $77,400
Current Penalty $50,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $50,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3203 A 11/14/2013 12/17/2013 $7,000 $18,000 $0 12/10/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 3380 F01 11/14/2013 12/17/2013 $18,000 $18,000 $0 12/10/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 5164 B 11/14/2013 12/17/2013 $7,000 $5,400 $0 12/10/2013 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 5417 E 11/14/2013 12/17/2013 $18,000 $18,000 $0 12/10/2013 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 05001 Serious 5418 C 11/14/2013 12/17/2013 $0 $18,000 $0 12/10/2013 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201129715Event: 05/15/2013Employee Burned In Chemical Fire
A serious incident occurred, as Employee #1, a chemist, was handling waste materials generated from the labs at the research company. Employee #1 had collected flammable liquids during a walk through of multiple lab stations and had brought them back to the hazardous waste processing bunker located onsite. Employee #1 had collected twenty gallons of flammable liquids comprised of multiple chemicals and forming one profiled waste stream. Employee #1 said he had taken a break from pouring the flammables in to the collection drum, but had left the lids open on the drum and a carboy of the flammable liquids. Upon his return, he said that he began to examine a glass ampoule of a pyrophoric liquid he had also collected on his rounds so that he could properly profile the chemical. As Employee #1 was standing over the open, the drum, he accidentally dropped the fragile glass ampoule and it landed in the drum funnel and it broke, allowing a spontaneous reaction to occur. Employee #1 said that the chemical caught fire and ignited the flammable vapors in the drum and in the bunker around him. Employee #1 was taken to a local area hospital, where he was hospitalized for four weeks for 3rd and 2nd degree burns to his head, face, neck, hands, arms and legs.
Keywords: burn, head, drum, fire, health care facility, chemical reaction, hazardous waste, chemical burn, face, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315775775 Hospitalized injury Other Chemical technicians

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