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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 105706592 - Tri County Manufacturing, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 4

Nr: 105706592Report ID: 0355114Open Date: 09/30/1988

Tri County Manufacturing, Inc.
Rt. 659, 1.5 Miles South Of Rt. 7
Leesburg, VA 22075
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2951/Asphalt Paving Mixtures and Blocks
Mailing: P. O. Box 600, Chantilly, VA 22021

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/14/1988
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/11/1989

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100252 A02 IIB 12/15/1988 12/19/1988 $480 $480 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 19100252 A02 IVC 12/15/1988 12/19/1988 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 893123Event: 09/30/1988Employee Burned When Sprayed By Hot Asphalt
At 1:47 p.m. on September 30, 1988, Employee #1 was instructed to check the contents of two asphalt additive tanks and, after reviewing production reports, concluded that the additive level was not decreasing at a normal rate. He went to the motor control center of the additive tanks to make sure that the motor was running and then went directly to the check valve. The employee tapped on the check valve, hoping to break it loose. When he removed the valve, nothing happened, so he put the valve back and shut off the flow from the 3,000 gallon tank and opened the flow from the 1,000 gallon tank. He then returned to the check valve and began to slowly loosen it, hoping that the contents would begin to ooze out. The valve suddenly blew, spraying Employee #1 with approximately 350 degree F asphalt. He was hospitalized with first- and second-degree burns to his face, arms, and hands.
Keywords: burn, maintenance, check valve, high pressure, hot asphalt, arm, face, accidental discharge, hand, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 105706592 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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