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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1482385.015 - Brookfield Iron & Metal Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Calumet City


Inspection Nr: 1482385.015
Report ID: 0521700
Date Opened: 07/08/2020

Site Address:
Brookfield Iron & Metal Llc
171 E. 12th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Mailing Address:
171 E. 12th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 423930/Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: Y

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/08/2020


Case Closed: 02/22/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1618938
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $26,988 $0 $0 $0 $0 $26,988
Current Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
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 19100101 A 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $11,000 $13,494 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002A Serious 19101200 G08 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $10,000 $13,494 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 01002B Serious 19101200 H02 II 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 02001 Other 19100132 D02 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 127576.015
Event: 07/08/2020
One Employee Is Killed And Other Incurs Hearing Loss When Co

At 11:15 a.m. on July 8, 2020, two employees were working for a merchant wholesa ler of recyclable materials. Employee #1 transported approximately nine compress ed natural gas (CNG) cylinders from the firm's scrapyard into the garage with a forklift to dismantle and dispose of the cylinders. The cylinders' valves were s till attached. Employee #1 positioned the cylinders side-by-side on the ground. Employee #1 then used a gas-operated Stihl TS420 cut-off saw to cut triangles in to the CNG cylinders. He did not purge the CNG cylinders first. Among the cylind er he cut without incident was a Luxfer aluminum CNG cylinder overwrapped with c arbon fiber. It had serial number ADX6151. When employee #1 attempted to cut int o the fourth CNG cylinder, the cut-off saw produced frictional heat and sparks w hile cutting. There were residual amounts of compressed natural gas remaining in the cylinder. It exploded. Employee #1 suffered multiple injuries. He was kille d. Employee #2 was walking through the area when the explosion occurred. He expe rienced hearing loss in his left ear. The hearing loss was temporary. He was not hospitalized.

Keywords:compressed gas, cutting, cylinder, explosion, flammable vapors, hearing loss, metal saw, natural gas, ppe, purging, saw, spark

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1482385.015 Fatality
2 1482385.015 Non Hospitalized injury Automobile mechanics
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