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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 106050677 - Northwestern Motor Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Inactive-Eau Claire

Nr: 106050677Report ID: 0523310Open Date: 06/18/1996

Northwestern Motor Co.
1125 Starr Ave.& 2021 Truax Blvd
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3537/Industrial Trucks, Tractors, Trailers, and Stackers
Mailing: Po Box 265, Eau Claire, WI 54702

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/19/1996
Close Case:08/27/1996

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,250
Current Penalty $950 $0 $0 $0 $0 $950
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19101200 H 07/11/1996 07/30/1996 $950 $1,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14373062Event: 06/17/1996Three Employees Injured In Tank Explosion
Employee #1 was standing atop a tank that exploded. He struck the ceiling with the tank and rolled off onto the floor. Employee #1 was hospitalized with burns over 40 percent of his body and numerous fractures. Employees #2 and #3 were injured but not hospitalized. The explosion occurred when a welding arc was struck. A spark apparently landed inside a bottom drain that had been cleaned with a solvent less than 24 hours earlier. No purging or ventilation had occurred prior to welding.
Keywords: burn, fracture, ventilation, flammable vapors, work rules, explosion, purging, spark, tank, arc welding
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106050677 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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