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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1109252.015 - 69724 - Sun Chemical Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 1109252.015Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 11/27/2015

69724 - Sun Chemical Corporation
1506 Bushy Creek Rd
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2865/Cyclic Organic Crudes and Intermediates, and Organic Dyes and Pigments
NAICS: 325132/Synthetic Organic Dye and Pigment Manufacturing
Mailing: 1506 Bushy Creek Rd, Goose Creek, SC 29445

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/11/2016
Close Case:08/23/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
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: 85349.015Event: 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 under a nitrogen blanket. The employee was standing on a 38 inch high mobile ladder 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 coworker who was also a temporary hire. A sampling rod was provided with an attached plastic quart sized cup to fill and then pour into a larger gallon jar to take to the quality lab for analysis. After retrieving enough sample to fill the gallon jar, the employee accidently dropped the equipment into the tank. The employee 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 leverage. 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 atmosphere. The oxygen in the tank was estimated to be in the normal process operating range of about 7-8% from the nitrogen blanketing.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1109252.015 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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