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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $1,480 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,480
Current Penalty $525 $0 $0 $0 $0 $525
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/13/1988 12/16/1988 $525 $1,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Other 19101200 E01 12/13/1988 04/30/1989 $0 $480 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Other 19101200 G01 12/13/1988 04/30/1989 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002C Other 19101200 H 12/13/1988 04/30/1989 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14500110 Event: 09/30/1988Employee Dies Of Carbon Monoxide Exposure In Tank Truck
Employee #2 entered into a whey tanker truck that had been cleaned by a clean in place (CIP) process. The CIP operation failed to remove the precipitated sugars that had settled into the bottom. Carbon monoxide was generated by a reaction between the whey sugars and sodium hydroxide. Employee #2 entered the tanker and started to hose it out. After he was 2/3 finished, he felt dizzy and exited the tank. Because no one was cleaning his truck tanker, Employee #1 entered the tanker and started to clean. He was found face down in the tank a short time later. Employees #3 and #4 entered to rescue him. Once Employee #1 was removed, unsuccessful attempts were made to revive him. Employee #1 died of carbon monoxide exposure.
Keywords: tank truck, sodium hydroxide, cleaning, dizziness, toxic fumes, overexposure, carbon monoxide, truck driver, confined space, chemical reaction
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103550257 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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