May 2005 Newsletter Volume 7, Issue 14
ASSE Bakersfield Chapter
Bakersfield Chapter Executive Board Notes
The Executive Board met on April 28, 2005.
Mark Smith Treasurer’s Report: Fred Hrenchir reported a total of $31,675.70
in the chapter account. The amount in the joint Marcom account
President Elect is unknown.
Hrenchir and Joel Sherman were going to meet with Marcom to request a more detailed
Treasurer accounting, due to a lack of detail in the expense report. The ASSE Symposium made a profit
Fred Hrenchir in the neighborhood of $10,000. Hrenchir reported we had about $30,000 in expenses for this
years symposium compared to $23-24K last year. The additional expenses appeared to be
Secretary associated with the event charges, speaker fees, and mailing and supplies.
House of Delegates: Mick Swen was not present. Mark Smith reported that a concern was
Membership expressed at the ROC a year ago that delegates were not getting their information in a timely
Chris Vochoska fashion. Smith said transmittal of information has been expedited through electronic
distribution and the information received a month earlier. Smith was satisfied the problem
Programs had been resolved.
Government Affairs: Lynn Bishop reported she had still not received the minutes from the
CoPS Chair March meeting. Bishop said the next meeting is in Fresno on June 1st and she will be
Frank Malquist attending. She said the following meeting is in Long Beach in September.
Government Affairs Web Update: Sam Traffanstedt reported symposium coverage had been forwarded to
Lynn Bishop national for inclusion on the web site. Traffanstedt also reported he had received completed
profiles from both Huddleston Crane and Mobile Crane and both were acceptable.
Mick Swen Old Business
Awards & Honors Safety Resource Catalog: Mark Smith reported he met with Creative Concepts and asked
Darren Walrath them to develop a brief proposal/outline to which they responded in writing with a list of
factors to consider such as how frequently do we want to issue the catalog? Do we want to
Scholarship incorporate a membership roster, articles, safety tips, awards or member articles? What color
Norm Fox and size options are we interested in? Who would be responsible for ad sales – Creative
Concepts of ASSE? Would distribution be funded by an increase in member fees or would it
Webmaster be distributed by hand at the meetings? Smith communicated with Creative Concepts that the
Sam Traffanstedt listing would not be extensive and the half size publication was suggested. A subcommittee
to define the objective was suggested by Guy Waski. Walrath agreed to chair the committee.
Jordan Janak New Business
Stars Program ROC Report: Mark Smith reported that Terri Norris from the Orange County Chapter was
Maria Farkus the new Regional Vice President. Smith also reviewed some ideas gleaned from chapter
reports including involvement in statewide PDC’s or governors’ conferences, award of new
Newsletter members with a certificate from the chapter president and a free chapter meeting to new
Yolanda Samano members as an appreciation. The next ROC is August 8th and 9th in Anaheim. The Spring
2006 ROC is scheduled for Eugene, Oregon.
Welcome New Members!
Michael Lauzon – M.J. Electric Inc.
Gary D. Lyles – Work Force Staffing
Manuel Malero – Vincent B. Zaninovich & Sons
Dominick Pisano – B & B Surplus
Mervyn Soares - Chevron
Thanks to the 57 members and 34 guests who
attended the May chapter meeting!
Come and join us at our next meeting!
Date: June 1st, 2005
Place: Hodel’s Restaurant Room
We will return to the Heritage Room! Change!
Speaker: Kirk Zwicky of Chevron
Topic: OSHA Record Keeping Issues
Post January 2001
Breakfast Cost is $10
RSVP to Fred Hrenchir at 326-4388
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 5, 2005
Walnut Creek Explosion: Cal/OSHA Issues Multi-Employer Citation
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Department of Industrial Relations' Division of Occupational
Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today released citations to multiple employers for violations
leading to a gas explosion on Nov. 9, 2004 fatally injuring 5 employees and seriously injuring 4
others. The Companies involved included East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), Kinder
Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KM), Comforce Technical Services (Comforce), Mountain
Cascade, Inc. (MCI), Matamoros Pipelines, Inc. (Matamoros), Camp, Dresser, & McKee, Inc.
(CDM), Carollo Engineers, P.C. (Carollo).
"After a six month thorough investigation, Cal/OSHA has determined that the explosion which
occurred Nov. 9, 2004 leaving five employees dead and four seriously injured, was completely
preventable," said Cal/OSHA Acting Chief Len Welsh. "The primary cause of the incident was
that the location of the petroleum line was not known by the employees working in the area.
Several employers failed to take required action and committed errors that contributed to the
failure to determine and mark the location of the utility line."
On Nov. 9, 2004, at 1:22 p.m. an excavator operated by Mountain Cascade, Inc. (MCI) punctured
a high-pressure petroleum line owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., and (KM). MCI
was constructing a large water supply line for East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).
Gasoline was released into the pipe trench and was ignited by the welding activities of
Matamoros Pipelines, Inc. (Matamoros), a welding subcontractor working for MCI. The resulting
explosion and fire fatally injured five employees and seriously injured four other employees. All of
the victims worked for Matamoros and MCI, and all fatalities and injuries were due to the
explosion and fire. There was also extensive property damage.
Cal/OSHA also has a concurrent criminal investigation underway through its Bureau of
Investigations. The findings from that investigation, which focuses on possible criminal liability
involved in the accident, will be given in a confidential report to the Contra Costa District
Attorney's Office for a determination as to whether criminal charges are applicable.
Employers were cited with the following violations:
• KM, two serious willful, penalties totaling $140,000
• Carollo, one serious accident related, penalty of $22,500
• MCI, one serious accident related, penalty of $22,500
• EBMUD, one serious, penalty of $6750
California law provides that a company may appeal Cal/OSHA citations and penalties within 15
working days to the Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board in Sacramento.
TEST YOUR HOME FIRE SAFETY IQ
How’s your home fire safety IQ? Take the
following quiz and find out!
1. A fire escape plan should include knowing 6. Which of the following time segments
two ways out of: accounts for the largest number of fire
a. the neighborhood
b. the kitchen a. midnight to 4 a.m.
c. the basement b. 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
d. all of the above c. noon to 6 p.m.
d. 6 p.m. to midnight
2. Who should participate in developing and
practicing the plan? 7. If you have to escape through an area with
smoke in it, the best thing to do is:
a. parents only
b. children only a. stop, drop and roll
c. entire family b. wait to be rescued
d. none of the above c. retreat into a closet
d. crawl low, under the smoke
3. If fire breaks out, I should immediately:
8. If the smoke detector awaken you at night
a. call an ambulance and you think there’s fire outside your
b. call the fire department, then escape bedroom, you should pull open the door and
c. turn off the electricity race out.
d. escape and call the fire department
from a neighbor’s telephone a. true
4. It’s OK to use an elevator to escape from a
fire in a multi-story building: 9. In a fire, it’s wise to take time to get dressed
and gather valuable before escaping.
b. false a. true
5. If someone is trapped inside a burning
building, it is best to: 10. If your clothing ever catches on fire, you
a. send the strongest person back in to
find them a. run to the bathtub or shower
b. inform fire fighters where you think b. sit still and yell for help
the person is c. stop, drop and roll
c. go back inside yourself d. put baking soda on it
d. assume they’ll get out on their own
11. If trapped on the third floor of a house, it is
pe are very old, very young, or physically
best to: impaired people in your family, try to
locate their sleeping rooms on the lowest
a. jump level and plan to have a family member
b. break the window assist them with their escape.
c. wait to be rescued
d. throw pieces of furniture to get 3. D. If fire breaks out, leave the building
attention immediately and be sure everyone else
inside does the same. Once safely
12. You should know two ways out of every
ho outside, call the fire department from a
om neighbor’s home or use a call box, and
stay out of the building.
a. at home
b. at work 4. B. False. Never use an elevator during a
c. at friends’ homes fire. Elevators could be trapped in
d. all of the above between floor or even take you to the
floor where the fire is and stall. Use
stairways for fire escape.
5. B. Never go back inside a burning building.
1. D. All the answers are right! Every escape If you think someone is trapped inside,
plan should include knowing the ways out immediately inform the fire department
of every room in case your primary exit is or tell fire fighters on the scene where
blocked by smoke or fire. When you think the person can be found. Fire
developing your escape plan, be sure to fighters are trained and equipped to
check all exits to see that you can actually safety perform rescues. It is very
get out. Burglar bars without quick- dangerous to go inside a burning
release devices, windows painted or bolted building if you are unprotected by the
shut, furniture blocking doors, etc., are all proper clothing and breathing apparatus
dangerous fire hazards that should be or if you are untrained in fire rescues.
corrected immediately. For homes built in
the wild land/urban interface, it is also 6. A. Roughly three out of every ten home fire
important to know two escape routes from deaths occur in the hours of midnight to
your home in case one road is blocked by 4 a.m., when most people are asleep.
traffic or fire. This time is one of the lowest-frequency
periods for home fires, but because fires
2. C. Everyone in the household should can develop undetected, an early
participate in developing the home fire morning fire is especially likely to be
escape plan, including children. Here’s fatal. This underscores the importance
how: Draw a floor plan of your home and of installing smoke
show two ways out of every room and a detectors on every level of your home.
meeting place outside. Then walk through Including the basement. They can give
your home and make sure all the doors and you advance warning of a fire and
windows are clear and open easily. provide extra time to escape.
Practice your escape plan, trying all
possible exits at least twice a year. If there 7. D. In a fire, smoke is heated and rises. It
fills the room from the ceiling down. If
you encounter smoke or flames on your
way out, turn around and use your 11. C. Generally, it is not a good idea to break
alternate exit. If you must escape through the window, as falling glass can harm
smoke, crouch or crawl under the smoke,
mo people outside and damage fire hoses.
keeping your head about 12-24 inches It is dangerous to jump from a window
from the floor. This is the safety zone, higher than the second story. Ideally,
where the air will be cooler and cleaner. you should have a safe escape means
from rooms on the second or third
8. B. This is false. Before you open the door, stories, such as laboratory approved fire
kneel or crouch and put the back of your escape ladders. If you are trapped and
hand against the door, and knob, and the it is dangerous to jump, close the door
crack between the door and the door and cover the cracks to keep smoke out.
frame. If the door feels hot, it means Call the fire department and tell them
there is fire on the other side and you your location, or signal at the window
should use your alternate exit. If the with a light-colored cloth. If the
door feels cool, slowly open it with one window opens, crack it at the top and
shoulder braced in case you have to slam bottom to let air in and smoke out. Be
it shut. If all is clear, escape carefully, prepared to shut the window quickly if
closing doors behind you as you go. smoke is drawn in. Try to stay calm
and breathe normally as you await
9. B. False! There is no time to do anything rescue.
but get out of the burning building and
yell for others to do the same. Real tires 12. D. You should know two ways out of every
are nothing like what we see on room wherever you are. Always be
television and in the movies. In a real aware of your surroundings and know
fire, it is hot, dark, smoky and noisy. how you would get out in an
You have only a few moments to escape emergency. Look for exit signs when
safely, so know before you have a fire you are in restaurants, cinemas, malls,
two ways out of every room and be sure etc., and make a mental note how you
windows and doors open easily and are would escape. Be sure exit doors are
clear at all times. not blocked or padlocked, and if they
are, get out and report it to the local fire
10. C. Stop, drop and roll is the phrase to department. When staying with friends,
remember if your clothing should catch ask them what their escape plan is and
on fire. Running will only fan the familiarize yourself with exits. At
flames and increase your chance of work, participate in fire drills and count
greater injury. Here’s what to do: Stop the number of desks or doors between
right where you are, drop to the ground your work area and the nearest exits. If
and cover your face with your hands if you have to escape in darkness or
you can, and roll over and over to smoke, you can count your way to
extinguish the flames. If someone else’s safety.
clothing catches on fire and you are
unable to convince them to stop, drop Reference: National Fire Protection Association.
and roll, try to knock them to the ground, NFPA Newsletter 07/93.
and then smother the flames with a rug,
heavy coat or other large covering that
can be used to extinguish the flames.