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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 2223717 - Pewe Packaging Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Naperville

 

Inspection Nr: 2223717
Report ID: 0521400
Open Date: 04/03/1985

Site Address:
Pewe Packaging Inc
1417 Broadway
Rockford, IL 61108

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:7389

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 04/18/1985

Emphasis:

Close Case:04/18/1985


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 360645410

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 14382238
Event: 04/03/1985
Electrical Explosion - Electrical Fault Ignited Combust Dust

EMPLOYEES WERE WORKING AT A PLANT THAT MIXES AND PACKAGES A PESTICIDE FOR RATS, GOPHERS, GROUND SQUIRRELS, AND SIMILAR PESTS. THE PRODUCT CONSISTED OF SODIUM NITRATE, SULFUR, CHARCOAL, AND DEXTRIM. AN ARC PRODUCED BY SOME ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT STARTED A FUSE-LIKE FIRE ON THE FLOOR. SEVERAL MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS THEN OCCURRED. ONE EMPLOYEE WAS KILLED, AND 13 OTHERS WERE INJURED IN THE EXPLOSION. THE ELECTRIC EQUIPMENT WAS NOT APPROVED FOR THE HAZARDOUS LOCATION, AND THERE WAS POOR HOUSEKEEPING AT THE PLANT.

Keywords:electric arc, electrical, e gi vii, fire, explosion, combustible dust, electrical fault, housekeeping, equipment approval

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 2223717 Occupation Not Listed
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