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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 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $22,270 $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,270
Current Penalty $22,270 $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,270
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 09/07/2016 10/12/2016 $12,471 $12,471 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19101200 H03 I 09/07/2016 09/19/2016 $9,799 $9,799 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 83792.015 Event: 03/20/2016Employee Is Asphyxiated By Faulty Ventilation Unit
At 3:30 p.m. on March 20, 2016, Employee #1 was tasked to perform monthly fire e xtinguisher checks in the Melt Shop at the Steel Plant. The employee had signed off on two fire extinguishers and then went unheard from for the next 3 hours. It takes approximately 3 hours to complete the fire extinguisher inspection wit hin the plant and two coworkers went in search of Employee #1 when he had not re turned within that time limit. They discovered Employee #1 lying on the floor i n a room. One of the coworkers, Employee #2, felt faint, and told his coworker that he was going down. The final coworker, Employee #3, felt faint as well an d used a Honeywell Lumidor Multi-Gas Meter within the room where its pre-alarm a ctivated. Employee #3 donned a Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA), enter ed the room, and the oxygen levels ranged between four to five percent. Nitrog en had been pumped into the room due to a faulty ventilation unit. Employee #1 was pronounced as deceased at 6:15 p.m. by the onsite coroner and transported to the coroner's office where an autopsy was performed. Cause of death was record ed as deceased due to asphyxiation.
Keywords: asphyxiated, nitrogen, oxygen, oxygen deficiency, vapor, ventilation
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1133906.015 Fatality Law Enforcement: (Not Police)

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