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Inspection: 102862992 - L. Russo Construction Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Springfield

Nr: 102862992Report ID: 0112600Open Date: 03/08/1989

L. Russo Construction Co., Inc.
228 Bemis Rd.
Fitchburg, MA 01420
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1611/Highway and Street Construction, Except Elevated Highways

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/17/1989
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:05/02/1989

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,000
Current Penalty $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100252 D03 I 03/30/1989 04/02/1989 $1,000 $1,000 $0 -
  2. 02001 Other 19040002 A 03/30/1989 04/02/1989 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14560486Event: 03/02/1989Employee Killed In 55 Gallon Drum Explosion
On March 2, 1989, Employee #1 was using an oxygen/acetylene set-up to cut the lid off a 55 gallon drum to render the drum ready for scrap. Apparently, Employee #1 did not remove plugs to vent the drum or ascertain the drum's previous contents. The drum vapors exploded, causing extensive burns and blunt head trauma to Employee #1. He was killed.
Keywords: burn, head, flammable vapors, venting, work rules, drum, construction, explosion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 102862992 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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