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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 106967532 - Progress Rail Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Nashville

Nr: 106967532Report ID: 0420100Open Date: 11/28/2001

Progress Rail Services, Inc.
34 Scruggs Road
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7389/Business Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: P.O. Box 1037, Albertville, AL 35950

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/16/2002
Close Case:04/02/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102081197    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $18,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,900
Current Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100252 A02 VIC 02/13/2002 02/19/2002 $3,150 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 19100252 A02 XIVB 02/13/2002 02/19/2002 $0 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100252 A03 I 02/13/2002 02/19/2002 $3,150 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19101200 G08 02/13/2002 02/19/2002 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202064143Event: 11/13/2001Employee Burned In Tank Blowout
On November 13, 2001, Employee #1 and two other employees were a part of a mobile crew working for Progress Rail Services, Inc. The Employee#1 arrived at the work site and started a cutting operation. The employees were to cut up three boxcars and transport the cars to the plant. A locomotive was cut up, except for the 4,000-gallon diesel tank. The diesel tank was to be transported to the plant as one unit, but the tank was too large for the truck. One employee called the plant for instructions. The plant administrator instructed the employee to cut the tank in half so that it would fit onto the truck. The plant administrator had not seen the tank. The employee instructed Employee #1 who was working with him to cut the tank from end to end. The coworker made a vertical cut from top to bottom at one end of the tank Employee #1 started to cut at the other end. The coworker completed his cut and climbed on top of the tank to make a cut lengthwise. As the coworker started the cut, a blowout occurred at the end where Employee #1 was working. Employee #1was engulfed in flames. The coworker called out to another coworker nearby to grab the water hose while he removed the clothes from the Employee #1. Employee's #1 clothes were still burning after removal. The coworker used the water hose to extinguish the fire while the clothes were on the ground. The coworkers of Employee #1 placed her into the company truck and transported her to the Hospital were she later died.
Keywords: burn, rail, laceration, locomotive, truck, water hose, blowout--oil well, boxcar, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106967532 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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