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Inspection: 1544460.015 - Turn 2 Specialty Companies

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South


Inspection Nr: 1544460.015
Report ID: 0626700
Date Opened: 07/28/2021

Site Address:
Turn 2 Specialty Companies
1515 Miller Cut Off Rd
La Porte, TX 77571

Mailing Address:
3558 Kilgore Parkway, Baytown, TX 77523

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 213112/Support Activities for Oil and Gas Operations

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/28/2021

Emphasis: N:Chemnep

Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1791260
Inspection 1545057 Yes
Inspection 1545052 Yes
Inspection 1544480 Yes
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $53,247 $0 $0 $0 $0 $53,247
Current Penalty $53,247 $0 $0 $0 $0 $53,247
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 19100119 H03 I 01/07/2022 02/11/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/26/2022 C - Contested  
2. 01002 Serious 19100119 H03 II 01/07/2022 02/11/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/26/2022 C - Contested  
3. 01003A Serious 19100119 H03 IV 01/07/2022 02/11/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/26/2022 C - Contested  
4. 01003B Serious 19100147 C04 II B 01/07/2022 02/11/2022 $0 $0 $0 01/26/2022 C - Contested  
5. 01004A Serious 19100132 D01 01/07/2022 02/11/2022 $12,288 $12,288 $0 01/26/2022 C - Contested  
6. 01004B Serious 19100132 D02 01/07/2022 02/11/2022 $0 $0 $0 01/26/2022 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 137567.015
Event: 07/27/2021
Two Employees Are Killed And One Is Injured In Chemical Rele

At 7:30 p.m. on July 27, 2021, employees were working on a valve when approximat ely 160,000 pounds of a mixture that included acetic acid, methyl iodide, methyl acetate, hydrogen iodide, and other materials were released. Employees were sen t in to the unit to modify the control valve so that it could be used as a point of isolation for a repair project to fix a leaking pipe spool in the methanol s upply line to the acetic acid reactor, scheduled for the next morning. The empl oyees received a permit from the facility operations group to enter and perform the work, but no one from the host employer walked out to the job with the team or went up to monitor their activities. The employees were not informed that sys tem was in an energized state, or that the reactor that the valve was immediatel y connected to contained hot and pressurized hazardous process materials in liqu id state. The valve was the only flow restriction device between the reactor and the spool of pipe that was to be worked on. The employees removed several faste ners from the valve assembly, enabling the actuator to be removed. In the proces s, the fasteners that secured the bonnet of the valve in place were also removed . With these fasteners removed, the pressure boundary seal made by securing the bonnet in place was compromised. The fluids in the system pushed the stem out of the valve through the valve top cap opening and process containment was lost. E mployees were exposed to the fluids that left the process. Two of the employees, a pipefitter and pipefitter foreman, died onsite due to thermal and chemical bu rns, and inhalation injuries. The third employee, a pipefitter, was rescued and transported to an offsite medical facility, where he was admitted for treatment and hospitalized for several weeks, before being transferred and subsequently re leased for continued recovery at home.

Keywords:burn, chemical, chemical burn, chemical exposure, citric acid, high pressure, high temperature, inhalation, methyl alcohol, pressure release, process safety, regulator valve

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1544460.015 Fatality Boilermakers
2 1544460.015 Fatality Boilermakers
3 1544460.015 Hospitalized injury Boilermakers
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