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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1292405.015 - Whemco - Ohio Foundry, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Toledo


Inspection Nr: 1292405.015
Report ID: 0524700
Date Opened: 02/02/2018

Site Address:
Whemco - Ohio Foundry, Inc.
1600 Mcclain Road
Lima, OH 45804

Mailing Address:
1600 Mcclain Road, Lima, OH 45804

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 331511/Iron Foundries

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/20/2018


Case Closed: 07/20/2018

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1306520
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $29,877 $0 $0 $0 $0 $29,877
Current Penalty $20,913 $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,913
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 5A0001 06/07/2018 07/09/2018 $6,971 $9,959 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Serious 19100133 A01 06/07/2018 07/09/2018 $6,971 $9,959 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 01003 Serious 19100138 A 06/07/2018 07/09/2018 $6,971 $9,959 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 102751.015
Event: 02/02/2018
Four Employees Are Burned Due To Molten Metal Spill

At approximately 9:30 a.m. on February 2, 2018, four employees were pouring molt en metal from a transfer ladle back into an induction furnace. After filling the ladle, the crane operator hoisted it to take it to the pour area, however the l adle's tilting wheel became caught on a nearby catwalk, resulting in the wheel t o become bent and broken off of the ladle. Maintenance was delayed in welding th e broken wheel and a supervisor and maintenance worker obtained a pipe wrench an d the two workers proceeded to apply the pipe wrench to the shaft where the whee l was located. The workers then used the pipe wrench to tilt the ladle and pour the molten metal back into a furnace; the workers lost control of the tilt and 9,600 pounds of molten metal spilled producing a powerful back-splash up into th e air and on the ground. There were a total of five employees in the area when the spill occurred; four were hospitalized with burn injuries. Three employees r eceived various burn injuries from molten metal splatter to the back, neck, head , legs, and arms. The three employees were released from the hospital the same or next day. The fourth employee sustained more serious burn injuries to the ha nds and legs and was hospitalized for two weeks before being transferred to a re habilitation facility for another month.

Keywords:burn, ladle, molten metal, spill

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1292405.015 Hospitalized injury Molding and casting machine operators
2 1292405.015 Hospitalized injury Molding and casting machine operators
3 1292405.015 Hospitalized injury Millwrights
4 1292405.015 Hospitalized injury Molding and casting machine operators
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