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Inspection: 302476155 - Frito-Lay Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 2


Inspection Nr: 302476155
Report ID: 0352420
Open Date: 02/25/1999

Site Address:
Frito-Lay Inc
800 Hickory Drive
Aberdeen, MD 21001

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 03/17/1999

Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing


Close Case:06/02/1999

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100964865
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,700
Current Penalty $700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $700
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 19101200 H03 II 04/08/1999 05/11/1999 $700 $1,700 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19101200 H03 III 04/08/1999 05/11/1999 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200962686
Event: 02/25/1999
Employee Overcome By Hydrochloric Acid During Off-Loading

Employee #1, a receiver for Frito-Lay, left his office while hydrochloric acid was being off-loaded from a tank truck through an outside hookup to a tank inside the warehouse. He was exposed to the chemical vapors in the warehouse and, thinking there might be a leak in the line, opened the outside door and yelled to the truck driver about the problem. Employee #1 then began checking the pipe line. He began to feel ill and opened some bay doors, went outside, and vomited. Employee #1 and two coworkers who were also exposed to the vapors were sent by ambulance to the hospital for observation, and later released. Subsequent investigation determined that the exhaust fan above the tank farm had not been turned on and that the plug for a 3 in. hole on top of the tank had been missing for some time. During previous deliveries, the exhaust fan was operating and there had never been a problem with the acid vapors.

Keywords:leak, tank truck, hydrochloric acid, vapor, ventilation, inhalation, nausea, off loading, chemical vapor, vomit

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 302476155 Occupation Not Listed
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