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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $630 $0 $0 $0 $0 $630
Current Penalty $630 $0 $0 $0 $0 $630
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100134 E03 12/02/1986 12/29/1986 $630 $630 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 19101000 B02 12/02/1986 12/29/1986 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01001C Serious 19101000 E 12/02/1986 12/29/1986 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14541643 Event: 09/08/1986Employee Exposed To Hydrogen Sulfide; Injured In Fall
AT APPROXIMATELY 1 PM ON SEPTEMBER 8, 1986, EMPLOYEE #1, A LABORATORY SPECIALIST, RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM THE TALL OIL PLANT TO INVESTIGATE A POSSIBLE HYDROGEN SULFIDE LEAK. THE HYDROGEN SULFIDE LEAK WAS CAUSED BY A RUPTURE IN A 28,000 GALLON SULFURIC ACID BULK STORAGE TANK. THE ACID LEAKED THROUGH A BROKEN VALVE IN A DIKE AND EMPTIED INTO A U-DRAIN CONTAINING BLACK LIQUOR (A HIGH SULFIDE MATERIAL). THE ENSUING CHEMICAL REACTION RESULTED IN THE FORMATION OF HYDROGEN SULFIDE GAS. WHILE CLIMBING A METAL STAIRWAY ENROUTE TO AREA OF THE LEAK, EMPLOYEE #1 WAS OVERCOME BY HYDROGEN SULFIDE, LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AND FELL. HE FELL DOWN ABOUT 20 METAL STEPS, RECEIVING MULTIPLE HEAD INJURIES AND LACERATIONS.
Keywords: head, stair, unconsciousness, hydrogen sulfide, inhalation, rupture, chemical reaction, fall, toxic fumes, sulfuric acid
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 100369172 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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