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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 101381499 - W. S. Bunch Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Omaha

Nr: 101381499Report ID: 0728900Open Date: 08/31/1990

W. S. Bunch Company, Inc.
Arcadian Corp. Near Sokol Park
La Platte, NE 68005
Union Status: Union
SIC: 1721/Painting and Paper Hanging
Mailing: 1735 North 42nd Street, Omaha, NE 68111

Inspection Type:Planned
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/09/1990
Planning Guide: Health-Construction Close Case:04/10/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral901567685   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 1 7
Current Violations 4 1 2 7
Initial Penalty $2,300 $13,000 $0 $100 $0 $15,400
Current Penalty $2,050 $7,000 $0 $100 $0 $9,150
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100020 G01 I 12/06/1990 01/02/1991 $400 $400 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 19100020 G01 II 12/06/1990 01/02/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01001C Serious 19100020 G01 III 12/06/1990 01/02/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 01001D Serious 19100020 G02 12/06/1990 01/02/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 01002A Serious 19100134 B10 12/06/1990 01/14/1991 $300 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01002B Other 19100134 B11 12/06/1990 01/14/1991 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 7. 01003A Serious 19260059 H02 I 12/06/1990 12/13/1990 $700 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01003B Serious 19260059 H02 III 12/06/1990 01/14/1991 $350 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01004 Other 19260059 G08 12/06/1990 12/13/1990 $0 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 02001 Serious 19100134 B01 12/06/1990 01/14/1991 $1,000 $6,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 02002 Willful 19260059 E01 12/06/1990 01/02/1991 $7,000 $7,000 $0 -
  12. 03001 Other 19030002 A01 12/06/1990 12/09/1990 $100 $100 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14554893Event: 08/31/1990Three Employees Suffer Exposure To Anhydrous Ammonia
On August 29, 1990, four WS Bunch employees, engaged in paint contract work at an Arcadian fertilizer manufacturing plant, were returning from lunch and climbed to the fourth level of a structure used in the manufacturing of urea in order to perform sandblasting operations. The employees were beginning to put on their ppe when a nearby ammonia tank relief valve released twice, releasing anhydrous ammonia into the air. It surrounded Employees #1 through #3. Their coworker had descended one level to retrieve a glove. The exposed employees, who were not wearing their goggles or cartridge respirators, evacuated the tower, showered, and flushed their eyes. Oxygen was administered and they were transported to the nearest hospital by a rescue squad. Employees #1 and #2 were treated for chemical burns of the eyes, nasal passages, and other body parts and were released. Employee #3 was treated for similar burns and was held overnight. The employees who attempted to don their cartridge respirators during the ammonia exposure indicated that the respirators were ineffective in filtering out the ammonia.
Keywords: eye, regulator valve, ppe, construction, nose, anhydrous ammonia, chemical burn, overexposure, accidental discharge, respirator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101381499 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Painters, construction and maintenance
2 101381499 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Painters, construction and maintenance
3 101381499 Non Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Painters, construction and maintenance

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