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Inspection: 104478052 - Bethlehem Steel Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 3

Nr: 104478052Report ID: 0352430Open Date: 10/01/1990

Bethlehem Steel Corporation
Sparrows Point Plant
Sparrows Point, MD 21219
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3312/Steel Works, Blast Furnaces (Including Coke Ovens), and Rolling Mills
Mailing: Martins Towers, Bethlehm, PA 18016

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/13/1991
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:04/19/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360757934    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
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
  1. 01001 Other 890033 E 03/27/1991 03/30/1991 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 889949Event: 09/28/1990Employees Injured In Gas Heat Exchanger Explosion
At approximately 2:00 p.m. on September 28, 1990, an explosion occurred at the L blast furnace division when the #2 stove gas heat exchanger ruptured. The metal, which was 3/8 in. thick, had rusted away 5/32 in. creating a 2 in. wide split around the 12 ft diameter heat exchange unit. This unit is under a maximum pressure of 55 psi, and includes the blast furnace gas and coke oven gas, which is rated on a half cycle at 1 to 2 psi plus 50 psi of fresh outside air. The blast furnace is run at 110 percent with a temperature between 600 and 2,400 degrees. Employees #1 through #6 were injured due to the gust of air pressure that released, creating a cloud of dust with temperatures of 1,800 to 1,900 degrees. Dirt and dust particles entered the eyes and throats of employees working as far away as 50 ft, causing poor visibility so that some employees were further injured while escaping from this area. The unit was installed in the fall of 1986 by Price Industries, Inc., Energy Transfer and was in operation by January 1987 at the Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
Keywords: eye, throat, dust, blast furnace, equipment failure, explosion, heat exchanger, high pressure, high temperature, poor visibility
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 104478052 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Furnace, kiln and oven operators
2 104478052 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
3 104478052 Hospitalized injury Foreign Body Ineye Furnace, kiln and oven operators
4 104478052 Hospitalized injury Other Furnace, kiln and oven operators
5 104478052 Non Hospitalized injury Other Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters
6 104478052 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Crane and tower operators
7 104478052 Occupation Not Listed

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