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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 106750474 - Sechler Foods, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Marlton


Inspection Nr: 106750474
Report ID: 0213900
Date Opened: 07/25/1995

Site Address:
Sechler Foods, Inc.
Rt. 40 Harding Highway
Vineland, NJ 08360

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 194, Vineland, NJ 08360

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Referral

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 09/29/1995


Case Closed: 05/15/1996

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 900833484 Yes
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
Current Penalty $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,000
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001A Serious 19100036 B06 09/29/1995 10/04/1995 $1,000 $2,000 $0 10/20/1995 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19100036 D01 09/29/1995 10/04/1995 $0 $0 $0 10/20/1995 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 14502504
Event: 07/24/1995
Employees Ill After Chlorine Gas Exposure

An employee of D.C.I., the sanitation contractor at the Sechlar Poultry plant in Vineland, NJ, accidentally mixed a brightener chemical, containing phosphoric and nitric acids, with a sodium hypochlorite solution in a bucket. These chemicals are incompatible. Chlorine gas was released and the entire plant was subsequently evacuated. Employees #1 through #4, of D.C.I., worked in the immediate area where the chemicals were mixed. They were admitted to Vineland-Newcomb Hospital and were held overnight for observation. Employee #5, a foreman for Sechlar, was also affected by the gas and was hospitalized. None of the employees required follow-up treatment.

Keywords:sodium hypochlorite, cleaning, inhalation, phosphoric acid, chlorine, chemical reaction, nitric acid, overexposure, chemical

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 106750474 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
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