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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 108604992 - Wea Volunteer Fire Department

Inspection Information - Office: Indiana

Nr: 108604992Report ID: 0551800Open Date: 05/24/1990

Wea Volunteer Fire Department
3300 U S 52 South
Lafayette, IN 47905
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9224/Fire Protection
Mailing: 1700 Wea School Road, Lafayette, IN 47905

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:05/24/1990
Close Case:08/15/1990

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 4000402 08/09/1990 09/26/1990 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 902106Event: 05/09/1990Twelve Employees Suffer Exposure In Chemical Release
On Wednesday May 9, 1990, high winds damaged the A.E. Staley plant and resulted in a valve being sheared from a 7,500 gallon tank of sulfur dioxide. Approximately 4,000 gallons were released. Approximately 23 contractors in adjacent areas to the tank had smelled an odor and left the building when it became intolerable. Four contracted employees, Employees #3, #4, #11, and #12, were treated for exposure. Staley Employees #1 and #2 were also treated. Employee #1 was reporting to his supervisor after hearing of the problem from the contractors and Employee #2 was in the recreational facility north of the plant. The evacuation alarm was sounded a few minutes after the contractors evacuated. Employees #5 through #10, fire fighters, were exposed on the road north of the plant while responding. Staley did not permit the fire fighters on the site.
Keywords: firefighter, high wind, broken weld, accidental discharge, inhalation, sulfur dioxide, overexposure, spill
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 108604992 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
2 108604992 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations
3 108604992 Non Hospitalized injury Other Firefighting occupations

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