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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 107091852 - Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Jackson


Inspection Nr: 107091852
Report ID: 0419400
Date Opened: 07/06/1998

Site Address:
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
911 North Davis
Cleveland, MS 38732

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/08/1998


Case Closed: 09/01/1998

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101360774
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $4,500 $0 $9,000
Current Penalty $3,000 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $5,000
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. 01001 Serious 19100023 C01 08/10/1998 08/14/1998 $3,000 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 02001 Other 19040008 A 08/10/1998 08/13/1998 $2,000 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 101360774
Event: 07/01/1998
Four Employees Injured In Flash Dust Fire

At approximately 6:07 p.m. on July 1, 1998, Employees #1 through #4, maintenance workers for Baxter Healthcare, were working atop a suspended grid ceiling in the injection molding department. Baxter Healthcare had hired Hill's Welding Service and Crane Rental to raise the existing roof support steel over a 68 ft by 24 ft section of the injection molding module to accommodate newer and taller injection molding equipment. Hot welding slag fell down from the top of an I-beam being installed onto an existing Armstrong ceiling with tile composed of mineral wool fiber. The hot slag ignited dust that had previously settled on top of the ceiling tile, resulting in a small smoldering fire. Employee #1 climbed a 10 ft tall cinderblock wall and began trying to snuff out the fire with his foot. Apparently either the smoldering fire burned through the tile allowing dust particles to become airborne in a combustible concentration, or his efforts disturbed the dust. The fire then flashed in all directions, consuming the suspended dust particles. Employee #1 fell through the suspended grid ceiling, which disturbed more dust particles and caused a more widespread flash dust fire. Employees #1 through #4 suffered first-, second-, and third-degree burns and were taken by coworkers to the local hospital. The dust was most likely composed of mineral wool fibers and finely ground polypropylene from pellets.

Keywords:burn, maintenance, dust, molten slag, work rules, fire, fall, combustible dust, high temperature

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 107091852 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 107091852 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 107091852 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 107091852 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
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