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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 105699789 - Amoco Oil Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 2

Nr: 105699789Report ID: 0355112Open Date: 05/25/1988

Amoco Oil Co.
2201 Goodwin Neck Road
Yorktown, VA 23692
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2911/Petroleum Refining

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/16/1988
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/04/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360787824    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $700
Current Penalty $700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 510001 A 07/21/1988 07/24/1988 $700 $700 $0 07/21/1988 Y - State Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14224075Event: 05/24/1988One Employee Killed, One Injured In Explosion
At 4:24 p.m. on May 24, 1988, an explosion and fire occurred at the ultraforming unit (desulphurization section) of the Amoco Oil refinery in Grafton, VA. Employee #1 was draining naphtha from a knockout drum (used to separate liquids and gases) to the concrete surface. Puddles of naphtha had accumulated 2 in. to 3 in. deep on the concrete surface. Employee #2 was attempting to restart a General Electric 1250 hp inductive motor located approximately 23 ft from the drum. The motor and motor associated compressor had cut off because too much liquid had accumulated in the drum. Two attempts to start the motor had failed. On the third attempt, an explosion and fire occurred. Employee #1 sustained second- and third-degree burns over 85 percent of his body and was taken to the hospital, where he died on June 2, 1988. Employee #2 received less severe burns and was taken to the hospital. He was released on June 11, 1988.
Keywords: burn, fire, naphtha, explosion, refinery
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105699789 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineering technicians
2 105699789 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Industrial engineering technicians

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