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Inspection: 108768953 - Cetel Processing, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 108768953Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 12/04/1991

Cetel Processing, Inc.
12233 Robin Blvd
Houston, TX 77047
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2992/Lubricating Oils and Greases

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/05/1991
Close Case:05/05/1993

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361142938    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 1 9
Current Violations 8 1 9
Initial Penalty $5,400 $0 $0 $300 $0 $5,700
Current Penalty $5,400 $0 $0 $300 $0 $5,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100106 H04 IVA 02/19/1992 03/09/1992 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100132 A 02/19/1992 02/24/1992 $1,050 $1,050 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19100134 B02 02/19/1992 02/28/1992 $450 $450 $0 -
  4. 01004 Serious 19100151 C 02/19/1992 02/26/1992 $600 $600 $0 -
  5. 01005 Serious 19101200 E01 02/19/1992 03/24/1992 $450 $450 $0 -
  6. 01006 Serious 19101200 F04 II 02/19/1992 03/24/1992 $450 $450 $0 -
  7. 01007 Serious 19101200 G01 02/19/1992 03/24/1992 $450 $450 $0 -
  8. 01008 Serious 19101200 H 02/19/1992 03/24/1992 $450 $450 $0 -
  9. 02001 Other 19030002 A01 02/19/1992 02/22/1992 $300 $300 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 556530Event: 12/04/1991Employees Injured When Exposed To Toxic Vapors
A COMPANY UNIT WAS REPROCESSING RESIDUAL FUEL OIL, A BYPRODUCT OIL MIXTURE. IN THIS PROCESS, THE RESIDUAL FUEL OIL IS REACTED WITH SULFURIC ACID AND WATER TO TAKE SODA ASH AND OTHER IMPURITIES OUT OF THE OIL. A REACTION WAS STARTED IN A 10,000-GALLON PROCESSING TANK. WHEN THE REACTION STARTED, A PROCESS UPSET OCCURRED, CAUSING AN OVERPRESSURIZATION OF THE TANK AND A VAPOR CLOUD RELEASE. THE TOXIC VAPOR CLOUD DRIFTED 500 FEET TO THE SITE OF AN ONGOING INSPECTION AND AFFECTED EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #17 WHO WERE TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER SUFFERING HEADACHES, NAUSEA, AND BURNING EYES. EMPLOYEES #1 THROUGH #17 WERE RELEASED THAT AFTERNOON AFTER TREATMENT AND OBSERVATION.
Keywords: fuel oil, air contamination, process safety, toxic fumes, overexposure, vapor, headache, nausea, accidental discharge, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 108768953 Occupation Not Listed

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