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Inspection: 308291996 - Lester Kehoe Machinery Corp.

Inspection Information - Office: Avenel


Inspection Nr: 308291996
Report ID: 0213400
Date Opened: 06/04/2005

Site Address:
Lester Kehoe Machinery Corp.
14 Van Street
Staten Island, NY 10310

Mailing Address:
2581 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10303

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 423840/Industrial Supplies Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 11/07/2005

Emphasis: L:Smwares, N:Amputate, S:Amputations

Case Closed: 08/09/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101311363
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 19100106 E06 I 11/23/2005 12/09/2005 $0 $1,500 $0 12/19/2005 J - ALJ Decision Citation has been deleted.
2. 01002 Serious 19100106 E08 11/23/2005 12/09/2005 $1,500 $1,500 $0 12/19/2005 J - ALJ Decision Citation has been deleted.
3. 01003 Serious 19100307 B 11/23/2005 12/09/2005 $1,500 $1,500 $0 12/19/2005 J - ALJ Decision Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201311503
Event: 06/03/2005
Employee Is Killed In Tank Explosion During Repair

On June 3, 2005, Employee #1 was using a power tool to repair a small leak in a tank containing impure glycerol. The impure glycerol was a by-product from the manufacturing of biodiesel. When residual methanol vapors were ignited, an explosion ruptured the tank, spilling and igniting its contents. The fire impinged on an adjacent tank which was empty but previously contained biodiesel. The second tank subsequently exploded. Employee #1 was killed.

Keywords:burn, leak, fracture, repair, vapor, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, fire, explosion, tank

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308291996 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported
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