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Inspection: 301239505 - City Of Hood River

Inspection Information - Office: Or Health 1-Portland

 

Inspection Nr: 301239505
Report ID: 1054191
Open Date: 06/04/1997

Site Address:
City Of Hood River
1200 18th St
Hood River, OR 97031

Mailing Address:
Po Box 27, Hood River, OR 97031

Union Status: Union

SIC:9131

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: LocalGovt

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 11/24/1997

Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing

Emphasis:

Close Case:07/11/2000


Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4 8
Current Violations 4 4 8
Initial Penalty $1,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,900
Current Penalty $200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $200
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001A Serious 19100134 E05 11/26/1997 12/27/1997 $100 $500 $0 A - Amendment  
2. 01001B Serious 19100134 F02 II 11/26/1997 12/27/1997 $0 $0 $0 -  
3. 01002 Serious 19100101 B 11/26/1997 02/28/1998 $100 $600 $0 12/16/1997 L - State Settlement  
4. 01003 Serious 702016105 A 11/26/1997 12/27/1997 $0 $300 $0 A - Amendment  
5. 01004A Serious 19100133 A01 11/26/1997 12/02/1997 $0 $500 $0 12/16/1997 L - State Settlement  
6. 01004B Serious 702012701 11/26/1997 12/06/1997 $0 $0 $0 12/16/1997 L - State Settlement  
7. 02005 Other 19100132 D02 11/26/1997 12/27/1997 $0 $0 $0 -  
8. 02006 Other 19100132 F04 11/26/1997 12/27/1997 $0 $0 $0 12/16/1997 L - State Settlement  
9. 02007 Other 19100134 B01 11/26/1997 12/27/1997 $0 $0 $0 12/16/1997 L - State Settlement  
10. 02008 Other 702037804 A 11/26/1997 12/06/1997 $0 $0 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201630183
Event: 04/23/1997
Two Employees Exposed To Chlorine Gas

Employee's #1 and #2 went to the City water purification station to check or repair the scales on which the chlorine cylinders for water purification rested. The chlorination system used 150-pound cylinders of chlorine with flow metering regulators. The flow metering regulators had a critical orifice to provide a constant flow of chlorine. These regulators did not have any visible flow or pressure gauges. There was also no visible flow or pressure gauge downstream of the regulators. The only way to determine if the flow of chlorine had ceased was to feel the endpoint of the main cylinder valve. Employee #1 entered the chlorination station and attempted to close the valve on one cylinder. He then removed the regulator. The main valve failed or there was human error, and he was struck by a jet of chlorine. Employee #1 then ran out of the shed. Neither he nor Employee #2, who was standing by, had a respirator. Employee's #1 and #2 then drove to an emergency room where they were treated for inhalation injuries.

Keywords:regulator valve, cylinder, inhalation, chlorine, struck by, respirator, water

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301239505 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations
2 301239505 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Machinery maintenance occupations
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