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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1081105.015 - Walker Die Casting Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Tenn Cmpl Sfty 2


Inspection Nr: 1081105.015
Report ID: 0454712
Open Date: 07/27/2015

Site Address:
Walker Die Casting Inc
1125 Higgs Rd
Lewisburg, TN 37091

Mailing Address:
1125 Higgs Rd, Lewisburg, TN 37091

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 331523 

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: Y

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/04/2015


Close Case:12/04/2015

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1010585
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $600 $0 $4,600
Current Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $600 $0 $4,600
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001A Serious 19100147 C04 II B 11/06/2015 12/09/2015 $4,000 $4,000 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 01001B Serious 19100147 D05 I 11/06/2015 12/09/2015 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued  
3. 02001 Other 19100157 C01 11/06/2015 11/30/2015 $600 $600 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 78827.015
Event: 07/26/2015
Employee Is Killed When Struck By Pressurized Hose

At 11:45 p.m. on July 26, 2015, Employee #1 was removing the accumulator bottle from the #80 3,000-ton die cast machine. The nitrogen gas bottle and the accumul ator bottle for the #80 die cast machine was connected by a four foot hose. Befo re the accumulator bottle could be removed, the nitrogen gas had to be removed o r isolated. In order to remove the nitrogen gas, both bottles had to be drained of their contents by opening the valves at the bottom of the bottles (the two in ch valve remained open). In order to isolate the nitrogen gas, the two inch valv e at the top of the nitrogen gas bottle had to be closed, isolating the nitrogen gas inside the nitrogen gas bottle, and the adjacent quarter inch valve, which empties the nitrogen from the accumulator bottle, had to be opened. Another empl oyee opened the valves at the bottom of the nitrogen gas and accumulator bottles to release the contents while Employee #1 stood on a scissor lift, waiting for the release to complete before removing the hose, which can store up to 1,200 ps i of pressure. When Employee #1 removed the four foot hose, it hit him twice, ki lling him. According to the employer, the valve at the top of the accumulator bo ttle was closed. Upon review of the scene following the accident, it is unclear whether the valve on the nitrogen gas bottle was not initially open before attem pting to release the contents of the bottles, or if the valve was closed before the contents had been completely released.

Keywords:air pressure, die casting machine, hose, nitrogen, struck by, valve

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1081105.015 Fatality Mechanical controls and valve repairers
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