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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 108429622 - Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 3


Inspection Nr: 108429622
Report ID: 0352430
Date Opened: 03/31/1992

Site Address:
Bethlehem Steel Corporation
5111 North Point Boulevard
Sparrows Point, MD 21219

Mailing Address:
701 E. Third Street, Bethlehem, PA 18016

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 05/11/1992

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 02/25/1994

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360223739
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,325 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,325
Current Penalty $2,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,400
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 19100025 D01 I 06/02/1992 06/05/1992 $2,400 $2,400 $0 06/15/1992 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 02001 Serious 19100333 B02 06/02/1992 06/05/1992 $0 $1,925 $0 06/15/1992 F - Formal Settlement Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 170066864
Event: 03/05/1992
Employee Burned By Hot Water When Ladder Falls In Pit

Employee #1 was told to find out why the sump pump was not working in the galvanize tension bridle pit #2. He descended into the pit by a portable wood ladder to check the pump wiring. A horizontal board nailed to the top of the ladder rails held the ladder to the guardrail at the top of the pit in a nearly vertical position. The bottom of the ladder was in a low spot in 12 to 15 in. of 175 degree water, which the pump was supposed to pump out. Employee #1 stood above the water to check the wiring. He did not find anything to correct and got on the ladder to climb out when the board and nails securing the ladder came loose. The ladder fell backward and Employee #1 fell feet first into the water. He sustained 2nd- and 3rd-degree burns to his ankles and lower legs. A coworker held the ladder and helped Employee #1 exit the pit.

Keywords:burn, unsecured, ladder, pit, fall, ankle, high temperature, leg, water

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 108429622 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. electrical & electronic equipment repairers
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