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Inspection: 101320612 - Basf Corporation - Coatings And Colorants Division

Inspection Information - Office: Cincinnati

Nr: 101320612Report ID: 0522000Open Date: 07/19/1990

Basf Corporation - Coatings And Colorants Division
1754 Dana Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45207
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2851/Paints, Varnishes, Lacquers, Enamels, and Allied Products
Mailing: 1720 Dana Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45207

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/01/1990
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/05/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360119200    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 18 104 122
Current Violations 18 104 122
Initial Penalty $12,200 $1,040,000 $0 $0 $0 $1,052,200
Current Penalty $12,200 $1,040,000 $0 $0 $0 $1,052,200
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100023 B03 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $800 $800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100184 D 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $400 $400 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100212 A01 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $400 $400 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100215 B09 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $500 $500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100219 E01 I 11/01/1990 11/20/1990 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01006 Serious 19100219 E03 I 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01007 Serious 19100219 F01 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01008 Serious 19100243 C03 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $300 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01009 Serious 19100252 A02 IVA 11/01/1990 11/12/1990 $500 $500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01010 Serious 19100303 A 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01011 Serious 19100304 A02 11/01/1990 11/12/1990 $900 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 01012 Serious 19100304 F04 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $800 $800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  13. 01013 Serious 19100304 F05 V 11/01/1990 11/12/1990 $900 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  14. 01014 Serious 19100305 B01 11/01/1990 11/12/1990 $800 $800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  15. 01015 Serious 19100305 B02 11/01/1990 11/12/1990 $800 $800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  16. 01016 Serious 19100305 G01 III 11/01/1990 11/20/1990 $800 $800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  17. 01017 Serious 19100305 G02 III 11/01/1990 11/12/1990 $900 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  18. 01018 Serious 19100307 B 11/01/1990 11/11/1990 $1,000 $1,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  19. 02001 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  20. 02002 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  21. 02003 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  22. 02004 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  23. 02005 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  24. 02006 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  25. 02007 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  26. 02008 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  27. 02009 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  28. 02010 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  29. 02011 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  30. 02012 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  31. 02013 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  32. 02014 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  33. 02015 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  34. 02016 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  35. 02017 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  36. 02018 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  37. 02019 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  38. 02020 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  39. 02021 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  40. 02022 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  41. 02023 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  42. 02024 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  43. 02025 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  44. 02026 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  45. 02027 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  46. 02028 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  47. 02029 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  48. 02030 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  49. 02031 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  50. 02032 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  51. 02033 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  52. 02034 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  53. 02035 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  54. 02036 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  55. 02037 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  56. 02038 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  57. 02039 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  58. 02040 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  59. 02041 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  60. 02042 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  61. 02043 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  62. 02044 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  63. 02045 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  64. 02046 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  65. 02047 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  66. 02048 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  67. 02049 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  68. 02050 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  69. 02051 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  70. 02052 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  71. 02053 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  72. 02054 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  73. 02055 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  74. 02056 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  75. 02057 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  76. 02058 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  77. 02059 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  78. 02060 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  79. 02061 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  80. 02062 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  81. 02063 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  82. 02064 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  83. 02065 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  84. 02066 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  85. 02067 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  86. 02068 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  87. 02069 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  88. 02070 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  89. 02071 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  90. 02072 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  91. 02073 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  92. 02074 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  93. 02075 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  94. 02076 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  95. 02077 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  96. 02078 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  97. 02079 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  98. 02080 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  99. 02081 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  100. 02082 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  101. 02083 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  102. 02084 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  103. 02085 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  104. 02086 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  105. 02087 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  106. 02088 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  107. 02089 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  108. 02090 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  109. 02091 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  110. 02092 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  111. 02093 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  112. 02094 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  113. 02095 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  114. 02096 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  115. 02097 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  116. 02098 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  117. 02099 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  118. 02100 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  119. 02101 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  120. 02102 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  121. 02103 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  122. 02104 Willful 5A0001 11/08/1990 11/11/1990 $10,000 $10,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 869446Event: 07/19/1990Employees Injured By Reactor Explosion And Fire
Employee #4 was cleaning the #6 chemical reactor on July 19, 1990, with a flammable mixture of solvents when the reactor burst its rupture disc and the mixture was expelled into the plant. The solvent ignited and the vapor cloud explosion resulted in the plant's 43 employees being injured by flying debris and/or being thrown by the force of the explosion. Employee #4 eventually died from his burns. Employee #1, a maintenance employee, was moving away from the area when he was struck in the head and killed by debris flung during the explosion. Employees #3, #6, #7, #8, #9, #16, and #19 were located in the manufacturing offices in Building 4, about 75 ft south of the reactor. Employees #2, #10, #11, #12, #14, #15, and #17 all worked in Building G, 50 to 75 ft southwest of the reactor and were leaving when the explosion either threw debris at them or threw their bodies onto equipment or debris. Employee #5 was in the same building as the reactor and was thrown down by the explosion, sustaining burns and crushing injuries. Employee #13 sprained his knee while moving from the break room to the courtyard, about 100 ft southeast of the reactor. Employee #18 suffered a sprained left thigh and a bruised shoulder. It appeared that the reactor was not vented to a safe location and had primitive temperature controls, and the company did not enforce the mandatory attendance of operators at the reactors during operation. All of these factors, including minimal operating procedures (none specifically for cleaning), led to the explosion and the resulting extensive injuries and property damage.
Keywords: vapor, reactor, flammable liquid, venting, work rules, cleaning, fire, explosion, struck by, flying object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101320612 Occupation Not Listed

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