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Inspection: 304555238 - Lonza Biologics, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Concord

 

Inspection Nr: 304555238
Report ID: 0111700
Open Date: 04/01/2002

Site Address:
Lonza Biologics, Inc.
101 International Drive
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion

SIC:2833

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Referral

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/14/2002

Emphasis:

Close Case:06/20/2003


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 200615946 Yes
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 9 3 12
Current Violations 9 3 12
Initial Penalty $19,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,500
Current Penalty $9,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,750
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 19100120 Q02 VII 06/21/2002 07/24/2002 $938 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19100120 Q02 XI 06/21/2002 07/24/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
3. 01002A Serious 19100120 Q03 III 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $2,250 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 01002B Serious 19100120 Q03 IV 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
5. 01002C Serious 19100120 Q03 VI 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
6. 01002D Serious 19100134 D01 I 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
7. 01002E Serious 19100134 D01 II 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
8. 01002F Serious 19100134 D01 III 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
9. 01003 Serious 19100132 A 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $937 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
10. 01004A Serious 19100132 D01 II 06/21/2002 07/25/2002 $938 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
11. 01004B Serious 19101200 H02 II 06/21/2002 06/16/2003 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
12. 01004C Serious 19101200 H02 III 06/21/2002 06/16/2003 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
13. 01005 Serious 19100133 A01 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $937 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
14. 01006 Serious 19100134 C01 IV 06/21/2002 08/19/2002 $938 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
15. 01007A Serious 19100134 G03 III 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $937 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
16. 01007B Serious 19100134 G03 VIA 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
17. 01007C Serious 19100134 G03 VIB 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement Citation has been deleted.
18. 01008 Serious 19100134 K01 II 06/21/2002 06/16/2003 $938 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
19. 01009 Serious 19100176 B 06/21/2002 06/27/2002 $937 $1,875 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
20. 02001 Other 19100120 Q09 I 06/21/2002 07/24/2002 $0 $0 $0 -  
21. 02002 Other 19100132 D02 06/21/2002 06/16/2003 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
22. 02003 Other 19101200 E01 I 06/21/2002 06/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200611374
Event: 04/01/2002
Five Employees Injured By Inadvertent Chemical Reaction

On April 1, 2002, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were monitoring the equipment for a water treatment system, which consists of management of sodium bisulfate and sodium hypochlorite levels. These two different chemicals are kept in yellow 120-liter drums, which are located side by side and labeled on top in block lettering less than an inch high. During the morning inspection, it was revealed that the bisulfate drum was low and needed to be filled. Either Employee #1 or #2 inadvertently retrieved a supply (55 gallon, blue) drum of sodium hypochlorite, labeled with the manufacturer's label, as well as stenciled BISULFITE or BLEACH in letters slightly less than an inch high. Approximately 20 liters of the sodium hypochlorite was pumped into the yellow sodium bisulfate drum. The yellow bisulfate drum violently ruptured, spraying the two employees engaged in the filling operation. Three coworkers immediately assisted with evacuation and decontamination of Employee #1 and Employee #2 prior to emergency services arriving. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were hospitalized with very severe chemical burns and respiratory injuries; the three others were treated for respiratory difficulties and released.

Keywords:respiratory, explosive mixing, chemical reaction, chemical burn

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 304555238 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
2 304555238 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
3 304555238 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
4 304555238 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
5 304555238 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported
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