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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 317176493 - Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Francisco

Nr: 317176493Report ID: 0950611Open Date: 12/09/2013

Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
164 Bocana Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4931/Electric and Other Services Combined
NAICS: 221122/Electric Power Distribution
Mailing: 77 Beale St. Room 2855c, San Francisco, CA 94105

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/30/2014
Close Case:06/28/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102828555    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $750 $0 $18,750
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $750 $0 $18,750
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 06/02/2014 06/05/2014 $750 $750 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 3384 A 06/02/2014 06/05/2014 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201187101Event: 12/08/2013Employee Suffer Burns On Face And Hands In An Arc Explosion
At approximately 7:25 a.m. on December 8, 2013, Employee #1, an underground cable man, was performing his assigned task responding to a power outage. The employee opened the lid to an underground secondary transformer enclosure and checked the secondary leads with an amperage meter. There was a zero reading on the amperage meter. He visually inspected the transformer tank, primary elbows, secondary bushings, and secondary leads to look for signs of any trouble. The next step was to reset the breaker. Employee #1 attempted to reset and close the breaker with an 8 ft stick when an internal arc created an internal explosion of ignited oil vapors. The employee stumbled backwards and suffered second degree burns to his hands and face. The employee called his employer to inform him about the incident and requested for medical assistance. Employee #1 was transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where he was treated for his facial and hand burns.
Keywords: burn, vapor, test equipment, breaker plate, explosion, undrgrd installation, face, transformer, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 317176493 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Electricians

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