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Inspection: 1616255.015 - Envirite Of Ohio, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland


Inspection Nr: 1616255.015
Report ID: 0522300
Date Opened: 08/22/2022

Site Address:
Envirite Of Ohio, Inc.
2050 Central Avenue Southeast
Canton, OH 44707

Mailing Address:
2050 Central Avenue Southeast, Canton, OH 44707

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 562211/Hazardous Waste Treatment and Disposal

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 08/22/2022


Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 1936825 Yes
Accident 1938743
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $62,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $62,500
Current Penalty $62,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $62,500
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 Q03 IV 02/16/2023 04/05/2023 $15,625 $15,625 $0 03/09/2023 C - Contested  
2. 01002 Serious 19100134 G02 I 02/16/2023 03/15/2023 $15,625 $15,625 $0 03/09/2023 C - Contested  
3. 01003 Serious 19100134 K05 II 02/16/2023 03/15/2023 $15,625 $15,625 $0 03/09/2023 C - Contested  
4. 01004 Serious 19100134 L01 02/16/2023 03/15/2023 $15,625 $15,625 $0 03/09/2023 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 149136.015
Event: 08/22/2022
One Employee Is Killed And Three Employees Are Injured When

At 7:00 a.m. on August 22, 2022, Employee #1 was operating an excavator at a haz ardous waste treatment and disposal facility. Employee #1 was working in the Sol ids Processing Unit and was following a batch sheet recipe to mix neutralizing a gents with industrial waste. Employee #1 went to the Liquids Processing Unit and asked a coworker to send spent sulfuric acid "pickle liquor" to the bay where h e was working. Employee #1 returned to his excavator so he could mix the batch w hen the "pickle liquor" was sent. Moments after the "pickle liquor" was sent, Em ployee #1's excavator swung into the sidewall of the Solids Processing Unit. Emp loyee #2 rushed over to see what happened and found Employee #1 unconscious. Wh en Employee #2 attempted to climb up into the excavator to help Employee #1, he became lightheaded and lost consciousness. However, Employee #2 was able to reg ain consciousness and go for help and 9-1-1 was contacted. Additional coworkers arrived to assist Employee #1, including Employees #3 and #4. Employee #1 was tr ansported to the hospital and treated for respiratory chemical exposure, but was declared brain dead on August 24, 2022, and died the following day. Employees # 2, #3 and #4 were observed at the hospital and released the same day with no dia gnosed injuries. It is unknown what chemical the employees were exposed to but w as suspected to be hydrogen sulfide.

Keywords:chemical exposure, excavator, hazardous waste, hydrogen sulfide, loss of consciousness, lost consciousness, overcome by gas, overcome by vapors, overexposure, respiratory, sulfuric acid, toxic waste, unresponsive

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1616255.015 Fatality
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