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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $2,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100146 C03 05/18/2016 05/23/2016 $2,250 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 85349.015 Event: 11/25/2015Employee Falls Into Tank And Is Asphyxiated
At 5:50 p.m. on November 25, 2015, a temporary employee was using a metal sample rod to retrieve a sample from a 10,000 lb powder pigment steel blending tank un der a nitrogen blanket. The employee was standing on a 38 inch high mobile ladd er platform with a landing of 16 inches by 17 inches and approximately 14 inches from the manway top of the 69 inch high tank. The employee was assisted by a co worker who was also a temporary hire. A sampling rod was provided with an attach ed plastic quart sized cup to fill and then pour into a larger gallon jar to tak e to the quality lab for analysis. After retrieving enough sample to fill the ga llon jar, the employee accidently dropped the equipment into the tank. The emplo yee reached through the open manway with both arms, put his head in the opening and positioned his foot through the railing on the mobile ladder platform for le verage. The employee fell half way into the tank and could not be pulled out by his coworker. The cause of death was asphyxia due to oxygen deficient atmospher e. The oxygen in the tank was estimated to be in the normal process operating r ange of about 7-8% from the nitrogen blanketing.
Keywords: asphyxiated, oxygen deficiency
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1109252.015 Fatality Occupation not reported

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