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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1530065.015 - 74986 - 3v Sigma Usa Inc

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv


Inspection Nr: 1530065.015
Report ID: 0454510
Date Opened: 03/29/2021

Site Address:
74986 - 3v Sigma Usa Inc
888 Woodstock Street
Georgetown, SC 29440

Mailing Address:
888 Woodstock Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 325199/All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 09/20/2021


Case Closed: 02/14/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1750896
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
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 19100120 Q01 09/20/2021 09/30/2021 $1,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 135500.015
Event: 03/27/2021
Employee Is Killed By Methylene Chloride Inhalation

At 12:00 a.m. on March 26, 2021, Employee #2, a supervisor, and Employee #3, a s ystem technician, of 3V Sigma USA Inc. began running batch processes in reactors R-402, R-403 and R-406 of the Gamma chemical plant. During the initiation of th e free-radical polymerization reaction, the Gamma control room received successi ve alarms on pump PT-4009 for low chilled water header pressure. Employees #2 an d #3 began troubleshooting in an attempt to cool the reactors. Employee #2 calle d Employee #1 for assistance. Employee #1 arrived onsite and began helping Emplo yees #2 and #3 troubleshoot. The employees were unsuccessful in stopping the exo thermic reaction. Due to high temperature and pressure inside the reactors, meth ylene chloride vapors escaped through a broken sight glass on R-404 and unsecure d hatches on mixing vessels VA-406 and VA-407. Employees #2 and #3 left the Gamm a control room due to strong vapors of methylene chloride. They witnessed Employ ee #1 inside the Gamma plant unresponsive and attempted to retrieve him. Employe e #1 was exposed to an IDLH atmosphere of methylene chloride and died of anoxic brain injury, cardiopulmonary arrest, and asphyxiation.

Keywords:asphyxiated, cardiac arrest, chemical exposure, chemical reaction, inhalation, lack of oxygen, methylene chloride, oxygen deficiency, unresponsive

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1530065.015 Fatality Occupation not reported
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