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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 112402128 - Union Camp Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Safety 2

Nr: 112402128Report ID: 0355112Open Date: 11/27/1990

Union Camp Corporation
Route 58
Franklin, VA 23851
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2493/Reconstituted Wood Products
Mailing: P.O. Box 178, Franklin, VA 23851

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/25/1991
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:07/17/1991

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $1,910 $0 $0 $70 $0 $1,980
Current Penalty $1,910 $0 $0 $70 $0 $1,980
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 510001 A 02/26/1991 07/15/1991 $1,000 $1,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100023 C02 02/26/1991 03/02/1991 $420 $420 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19100307 B 02/26/1991 03/26/1991 $490 $490 $0 -
  4. 02001 Other ARM001101 F 01 02/26/1991 03/02/1991 $70 $70 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 955260Event: 11/27/1990Employees Killed When Combustible Dust Ignites
At approximately 7:35 a.m. on November 27, 1990, two Union Camp employees were working on the south tower at floor levels 3 and 4 (Employee #1 at level 3 and Employee #2 at level 4). The tower is located adjacent to the milling and drying building. The tower measures approximately 16 feet by 31 feet and is 103 feet in height. A Pellman filter and a Pneumafil Baur filter are installed in the top four levels of the tower. Employees #1 and #2 had been dispatched to the tower at approximately 7:37 a.m. and had removed the door of the Baur filter and were attempting to unplug the filter when they were engulfed in flames. Prior to their being dispatched to the tower, the control center had been advised that dust was coming from the filter. Sawdust from the open door of the filter and dust from the air outlet created a dust cloud that infused the tower and filtered down to the hot surface (742 to 810 degrees Fahrenheit) of the duct system and ignited. The cone burner duct system was located approximately 9 feet south of the tower and approximately 66 feet and 85 feet respectively below the open door of the filter and the air outlet. Both employees died as a result of the fire.
Keywords: sawdust, duct, work rules, fire, dust collector, clogged, combustible dust, grain dust
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112402128 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Millwrights
2 112402128 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Millwrights

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