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Inspection: 1398632.015 - Ab Specialty Silicones, Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Chicago North

 

Inspection Nr: 1398632.015
Report ID: 0524200
Open Date: 05/04/2019

Site Address:
Ab Specialty Silicones, Llc
3790 Sunset Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60087

Mailing Address:
3702 Hawthorn Ct., Waukegan, IL 60087

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:

NAICS: 424610/Plastics Materials and Basic Forms and Shapes Merchant Wholesalers


Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 05/04/2019

Emphasis: N:Svep

Close Case:


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1452055
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 12 12
Current Violations 12 12
Initial Penalty $0 $1,591,176 $0 $0 $0 $1,591,176
Current Penalty $0 $1,591,176 $0 $0 $0 $1,591,176
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 Willful 19100106 H07 III A 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
2. 01001B Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
3. 01002A Willful 19100106 H07 III A 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
4. 01002B Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
5. 01003A Willful 19100106 H07 III A 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
6. 01003B Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
7. 01004A Willful 19100106 H07 III A 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
8. 01004B Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
9. 01005A Willful 19100106 H07 III A 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
10. 01005B Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
11. 01006A Willful 19100106 H07 III C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
12. 01006B Willful 19100307 A04 10/24/2019 10/30/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
13. 01007 Willful 19100307 B 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
14. 01008A Willful 19100178 C02 IV 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
15. 01008B Willful 19100178 C02 XII 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
16. 01009A Willful 19100178 C02 IV 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
17. 01009B Willful 19100178 C02 XII 10/24/2019 10/30/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
18. 01010A Willful 19100178 C02 IV 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
19. 01010B Willful 19100178 C02 XII 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
20. 01011 Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 01/28/2020 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  
21. 01012 Willful 19100307 C 10/24/2019 12/12/2019 $132,598 $132,598 $0 09/19/2019 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 115992.015
Event: 05/03/2019
Four Employees Are Killed, One Is Injured In Chemical Plant

At 9:30 p.m. on May 3, 2019, Employees #1 and #2, were working in the production area of the facility while Employee #3 was working in the quality control lab i n the facility. Employee #4 had arrived early to work and was believed to be in the locker room or conference room awaiting the next shift. Employee #1 was mak ing a batch of silicone emulsion product when an unintended chemical reaction oc curred. The reaction caused foam to erupt from the production tank and flow onto the floor, producing hydrogen gas and giving off heat. Employee #2, a superviso r, heard Employee #1 yelling and went to the area to investigate. Upon witnessin g the event Employee #2 directed one employee to open a garage door and another employee to turn on fans. Shortly after the event started an explosion occurred, destroying the facility and killing four employees and hospitalizing another wi th serious injuries.

Keywords:chemical reaction, explosion, hydrogen, plastic mfg

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1398632.015 Fatality Chemical technicians
2 1398632.015 Fatality Chemical technicians
3 1398632.015 Fatality Chemical technicians
4 1398632.015 Fatality
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