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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 112402128 - Union Camp Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 2


Inspection Nr: 112402128
Report ID: 0355112
Date Opened: 11/27/1990

Site Address:
Union Camp Corporation
Route 58
Franklin, VA 23851

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 178, Franklin, VA 23851

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: Y

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 02/25/1991

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 07/17/1991

Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $1,910 $0 $0 $70 $0 $1,980
Current Penalty $1,910 $0 $0 $70 $0 $1,980
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 510001 A 02/26/1991 07/15/1991 $1,000 $1,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement  
2. 01002 Serious 19100023 C02 02/26/1991 03/02/1991 $420 $420 $0 -  
3. 01003 Serious 19100307 B 02/26/1991 03/26/1991 $490 $490 $0 -  
4. 02001 Other ARM001101 F 01 02/26/1991 03/02/1991 $70 $70 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 955260
Event: 11/27/1990
Employees Killed When Combustible Dust Ignites

At approximately 7:35 a.m. on November 27, 1990, two Union Camp employees were working on the south tower at floor levels 3 and 4 (Employee #1 at level 3 and Employee #2 at level 4). The tower is located adjacent to the milling and drying building. The tower measures approximately 16 feet by 31 feet and is 103 feet in height. A Pellman filter and a Pneumafil Baur filter are installed in the top four levels of the tower. Employees #1 and #2 had been dispatched to the tower at approximately 7:37 a.m. and had removed the door of the Baur filter and were attempting to unplug the filter when they were engulfed in flames. Prior to their being dispatched to the tower, the control center had been advised that dust was coming from the filter. Sawdust from the open door of the filter and dust from the air outlet created a dust cloud that infused the tower and filtered down to the hot surface (742 to 810 degrees Fahrenheit) of the duct system and ignited. The cone burner duct system was located approximately 9 feet south of the tower and approximately 66 feet and 85 feet respectively below the open door of the filter and the air outlet. Both employees died as a result of the fire.

Keywords:sawdust, duct, work rules, fire, dust collector, clogged, combustible dust, grain dust

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 112402128 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Millwrights
2 112402128 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Millwrights
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