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Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
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 5416 C 10/29/1991 09/10/1991 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 10/29/1991 11/15/1991 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 956755 Event: 09/10/1991Employee Killed When Struck By Exploding Drum
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on September 10, 1991, Employee #1 and a forklift operator were puncturing drums of spoiled tomato paste and spoiled diced tomato products and cutting the lids off using a welding torch. When Employee #1 applied his torch flame to a drum lid, an explosion occurred. The bottom of the drum flew off and the drum was propelled upward into Employee #1's chest, killing him immediately. Spoiled tomato product usually generates carbon dioxide. The National Food Processors Association stated that, infrequently, spoiled tomato products can produce ethyl alcohol or hydrogen gas. Cited T8CCR 5416(c) general.
Keywords: chest, hydrogen, alcohol, flammable vapors, work rules, drum, torch, explosion, struck by, cutting and burning
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111921284 Fatality Other Machinery maintenance occupations

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