Inspection: 301774782 - Fuji Photo Film, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv
Fuji Photo Film, Inc.
215 Pucketts Ferry Road
Greenwood, SC 29648
P O Box 1306, Greenwood, SC 29648
Union Status: NonUnion
Inspection Type: Accident
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 04/09/1999
Case Closed: 03/13/2000
|#||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 E03||05/05/1999||06/07/1999||$1,875||$1,875||$0||05/17/1999||D - Govt Dismissed||Citation has been deleted.|
|2.||01002A||Serious||19100119 C01||05/05/1999||06/07/1999||$1,875||$1,875||$0||05/17/1999||D - Govt Dismissed||Citation has been deleted.|
|3.||01002B||Serious||19100119 F01||05/05/1999||06/07/1999||$0||$0||$0||05/17/1999||D - Govt Dismissed||Citation has been deleted.|
|4.||01002C||Serious||19100119 L01||05/05/1999||06/07/1999||$0||$0||$0||05/17/1999||D - Govt Dismissed||Citation has been deleted.|
At approximately 9:00 a.m. on March 23, 1999, Employees #1 through#3 were starting the initial phase of a mixing operation. Employees #1 and #2 were reading the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) while Employee #1 added the chemicals. The employees who were reading skipped two steps, which called for a nitrogen purge on the tank to reduce the oxygen level to below 4 percent. These steps were necessary because the last chemical to be added was a self-heating powder that oxidized rapidly in the presence of oxygen. When Employee #3 added the product in the presence of oxygen, a flash fire broke out and powder was blown from the vessel. This caused the overhead sprinklers to activate and the plant was evacuated. Employees #1 through #3 were transported to the hospital, where they were treated and released. The employer was cited for deficient operating procedures, deficient management of change procedures, and failure to have a written plan for employee evacuation.
Keywords:oxygen, dust, work rules, fire, inhalation, chemical reaction, powder, chemical, inattention
|1||301774782||Non Hospitalized injury||Other||Mixing and blending machine operators|
|2||301774782||Non Hospitalized injury||Other||Mixing and blending machine operators|
|3||301774782||Non Hospitalized injury||Other||Mixing and blending machine operators|