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Inspection: 105474910 - Mcdaniels Industries

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 105474910Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 03/24/1988

Mcdaniels Industries
S. Fraser St.
Georgetown, SC 29440
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1721/Painting and Paper Hanging
Mailing: P. O. Box 162, Andrews, SC 29510

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/20/1988
Planning Guide: Health-Construction Close Case:05/31/1988

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $800
Current Penalty $800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100094 A05 I 05/03/1988 05/06/1988 $240 $240 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19260028 A 05/03/1988 05/06/1988 $560 $560 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 674192Event: 03/21/1988Employee Asphyxiated In Confined Space Filled With Argon
ON MARCH 21, 1988, EMPLOYEE #1 APPARENTLY ATTEMPTED TO ASCERTAIN THE CAUSE OF AN EXCESS ARGON USAGE THE PREVIOUS NIGHT. IN DOING SO HE ENTERED, ALONE, A LADLE TURRET WHICH OFTEN CONTAINS ARGON GAS. THE TURRET IS 15 FEET IN DIAMETER AND HAS 2 DOORS ON THE BOTTOM SECTION AND ONE DOOR IN THE UPPER LADLE HOLDER. THE CEILING IS 8 FEET HIGH. A CONTRACTOR ON SITE REMEMBERED SOMEONE WEARING A WHITE HARD HAT AND COVERALLS ENTERING THE BOTTOM TURRET BETWEEN 8:30 AND 9 AM. NO ONE NOTICED EMPLOYEE #1 THE REST OF THE DAY. AT ABOUT 12:30 AM EMPLOYEE #1'S WIFE CALLED THE PLANT BECAUSE HER HUSBAND HAD NOT COME HOME. EMPLOYEES NOTICED THAT EMPLOYEE #1'S TRUCK WAS STILL PARKED AT THE PLANT SO THEY BEGAN LOOKING FOR HIM. HE WAS FOUND, DEAD, IN THE LADLE TURRET AT ABOUT 1 AM. LOCAL FIRE FIGHTERS, EQUIPPED WITH SCBA'S, RETRIEVED EMPLOYEE #1'S BODY. (APPARENTLY THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER WHO WROTE THIS REPORT PROVIDED SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, BUT THE CONTINUATION SHEET HAS BEEN LOST. W.G.)
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, respiratory, asphyxiated, ladle, work rules, argon, confined space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105474910 Occupation Not Listed

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