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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $15,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,000
Current Penalty $5,620 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,620
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 2200080101 06/28/1994 08/19/1994 $2,810 $3,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100132 A 06/28/1994 07/16/1994 $2,810 $3,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19100159 C02 06/28/1994 07/16/1994 $3,750 $3,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 19101200 H02 III 06/28/1994 07/16/1994 $3,750 $3,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170393318 Event: 04/21/1994Burn - Explosion In Coal Handling Area
Between 2:00 PM on April 20 and 6:00 AM April 21, 1994, a smoldering coal fire in a turbine generator hopper was being monitored. Fire hoses were pumping water down 19-inch-wide floor openings, which were normally covered, into the hopper, which was in a bunker room on the south side of a coal tripper. On the morning of April 21, the fire escalated. Two yard supervisors (employees #1 and #2) were at the bunker room door handling fire hoses. Four yard workers (employees #4, #5, #6, and #7) were using the fire hoses to pump water into the hopper. At 9:00 AM, just as a township fire fighter (employee #3) walked through the east door of the ninth floor bunker room, an explosion occurred. The two yard supervisors suffered burns and smoke inhalation. They were admitted to a local hospital for their injuries. Employee #1 was released on April 22, and employee #2 was released on April 25. Employees #3 through #22 suffered injuries including smoke inhalation, lacerations, and bruises to their faces, legs, and arms. (Employees #8 through #22 were responding to the explosion.) They were treated with first aid on the scene by the electric utility company's emergency response team. They were then transported to two local hospitals, where they were treated and released.
Keywords: burn, firefighter, fire, coal, explosion, smoke, elec utility work, coal hopper, smoke inhalation
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Power plant operators
2 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Power plant operators
3 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Power plant operators
4 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
5 108563958 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
6 108563958 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
7 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Power plant operators
8 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, mechanics and repairers
9 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Fire inspection and fire prevention occupations
10 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
11 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Power plant operators
12 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Power plant operators
13 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
14 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
15 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
16 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported
17 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
18 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
19 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
20 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
21 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Other Power plant operators
22 108563958 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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