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Inspection: 107528820 - Chromalloy Division-Oklahoma

Inspection Information - Office: Oklahoma City

Nr: 107528820Report ID: 0627700Open Date: 05/18/1992

Chromalloy Division-Oklahoma
1720 National Blvd.
Midwest City, OK 73110
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3724/Aircraft Engines and Engine Parts

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:05/27/1992
Close Case:02/11/1993

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361147580    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100134 E03 II 10/16/1992 11/03/1992 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  2. 02001 Other 19100134 F02 IV 10/16/1992 10/29/1992 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 772921Event: 05/16/1992Employee Asphyxiated By Argon Gas
ON THE MORNING OF MAY 16, 1992, EMPLOYEE #1 AND ANOTHER WORKER HAD BEGUN SETTING UP THE BELL FURNACE FOR A DIFFUSED ALUMINIDE COATING OF AIRCRAFT ENGINE TURBINE BLADES. THE SETUP INCLUDED HOOKING UP ARGON LINES, LOADING THE FURNACE, AND ATTACHING LOW VOLTAGE THERMOCOUPLES. AT 1:20 PM, THE SETUP WAS THOUGHT TO BE COMPLETE AND THE RUN WAS INITIATED. EMPLOYEE #1 LEFT THE PLANT TO GO HOME, SHOWER, AND CHANGE CLOTHING. AT 2:10 PM, EMPLOYEE #1 RETURNED TO WORK AND NOTICED THAT THE FURNACE WAS NOT POWERING UP WITH OVEN HEAT. HE FAILED TO NOTICE, HOWEVER, THAT THE HEAT ENABLE SWITCH ON THE CONTROL PANEL WAS OFF. EMPLOYEE #1 WENT TO THE FURNACE TO CHECK THE ELECTRICAL THERMOCOUPLES LOCATED JUST BELOW THE FLOOR ON THE PIT WALL AND ON THE SIDE OF THE FURNACE. EMPLOYEE #1 WAS ASPHYXIATED BY ARGON GAS AND FELL 7 FEET INTO THE FURNACE PIT, DISCONNECTING THERMOCOUPLE LINES #2 AND #5. AT 2:20 PM, THE SECURITY GUARD NOTICED EMPLOYEE #1 LYING IN THE BOTTOM OF THE PIT, AND SUMMONED HELP. THE AREA SUPERVISOR AND OTHER EMPLOYEES USED SCBA AND AN ESCAPE RESPIRATOR TO REMOVE EMPLOYEE #1 FROM THE PIT. CPR WAS STARTED UNTIL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT ARRIVED AT 2:31 PM. AT 2:45 PM, THE AMBULANCE LEFT WITH EMPLOYEE #1. ANOTHER EMPLOYEE CHECKED THE OXYGEN ALARM, NOTICING THE FUSE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE ALARM BOX. THE EMPLOYEE RE-INSTALLED THE FUSE, THE ALARM SOUNDED AND THE GAUGE READ 6 PERCENT OXYGEN. LATER IN THE DAY, EMPLOYEE #1 EXPIRED AT MIDWEST CITY HOSPITAL.
Keywords: furnace, oxygen deficiency, respiratory, asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, pit, set up, argon, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 107528820 Occupation Not Listed

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