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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1563501.015 - X Fab Texas, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock Area Office


Inspection Nr: 1563501.015
Report ID: 0627510
Date Opened: 11/12/2021

Site Address:
X Fab Texas, Inc.
2301 N. University
Lubbock, TX 79415

Mailing Address:
2301 N. University, Lubbock, TX 79415

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 334413/Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 11/12/2021


Case Closed: 05/25/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1832841
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $39,364 $0 $0 $0 $0 $39,364
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $15,000 $0 $15,000
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. 01001A Other 5A0001 04/01/2022 04/29/2022 $10,000 $14,502 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01001B Other 19101200 F06 II 04/01/2022 04/29/2022 $5,000 $10,360 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 01002 Serious 19101200 H03 II 04/01/2022 04/29/2022 $14,502 $14,502 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 141065.015
Event: 11/12/2021
Employee Is Killed In Explosion While Sanitizing Tank

At 9:30 a.m. on November 12, 2021, an employee and two coworkers were sanitizing a polishing tank which is used to deionize water for site use. Around 8:30am th ey starting setting everything up so they could pump a 35% hydrogen peroxide sol ution in the tank. They ran a hose from a 55 gallon drum of hydrogen peroxide t o the pump and then to the nitrogen intake valve at the top of the tank. Once th e pump was set up, Coworker #2 left to work on something else while the employee and Coworker #1 stayed to observe progress. After about 30 minutes, approximate ly 75% of the 55 gallon drum had been transferred to the polishing tank. At thi s point, the employee and Coworker #1 turned off the pump and approached the pol ishing tank to open a side valve in case of pressure build up. As the employee was opening the valve, an explosion occurred killing him and injuring Coworker # 1. The employee was burned and incurred multiple fractures in explosion.

Keywords:burn, chemical, chemical reaction, cleaning, concussion, drum, explosion, face, fracture, head, hydrogen peroxide, nitrogen, pressure, pump, struck by, tank, valve

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1563501.015 Fatality
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