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Inspection: 101077303 - Parkem Industrial Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 101077303Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 09/19/1986

Parkem Industrial Services, Inc.
Shell Refinery
Deer Park, TX 77536
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 602 South 16th, Laporte, TX 77571

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/03/1986
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:11/06/1987

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360689806    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $1,440 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,440
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19260050 C 10/09/1986 10/12/1986 $720 $720 $0 11/03/1986 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19260028 A 10/09/1986 10/12/1986 $720 $720 $0 11/03/1986 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 02001 Other 19100022 A01 10/09/1986 10/12/1986 $0 $0 $0 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 02002 Other 19040005 C 10/09/1986 10/12/1986 $0 $0 $0 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14412753Event: 09/17/1986Employee Cut Femoral Artery While Hydroblasting, Died
EMPLOYEE #1 STARTED HYDROBLASTING COKE FROM THE INSIDE OF A TOWER IN A REFINERY. HE HAD FULL PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AND WAS USING A SHORT BARRELLED SHOTGUN. A MANWAY HAD BEEN CREATED BY REMOVING SOME SHELVES IN THE TOWER. THE 2 FOOT BY 3 FOOT OPENING WAS ABOUT 10 FEET DEEP. THE EMPLOYEE STARTED NEAR THE TOP OF THE TOWER SO THAT HIS HEAD AND SHOULDERS WERE OUT THE HOLE. HE WAS STANDING, STRADDLING THE HOLE. SOMETIME DURING THE FIRST FEW MOMENTS, HE CUT AN ARTERY IN HIS THIGH, PROBABLY BECAUSE HE SLIPPED AND LOST CONTROL OF THE GUN. THE GUN OPERATED AT 4,500 PSI PRESSURE. THE EMPLOYEE DIED WITHIN MINUTES. ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WAS ACTING AS "HOLE WATCH", WHILE YET ANOTHER EMPLOYEE WAS ON THE GROUND OPERATING THE PUMPS.
Keywords: blasting, loss of blood, slip, construction, laceration, artery, lost control, refinery
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101077303 Fatality Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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