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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 115662645 - Carmet Company

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 115662645Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 05/09/1991

Carmet Company
One Tungsten Way
Duncan, SC 29334
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3545/Cutting Tools, Machine Tool Accessories, and Machinists' Precision Measuring Devices

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/16/1991
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:03/10/1992

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $1,400 $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $6,400
Current Penalty $700 $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $5,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100094 D09 VII 09/05/1991 09/10/1991 $300 $600 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19101000 A03 09/05/1991 10/09/1991 $400 $800 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19101000 F02 I 09/05/1991 10/09/1991 $0 $0 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02001 Willful 10012 A 09/05/1991 10/09/1991 $5,000 $5,000 $0 09/20/1991 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 674127Event: 05/09/1991Employee Dies Of Asphyxia In Pressure Vessel
Employee was removing a load from a 26 in. diameter hot isostatic press (HIP) pressure vessel with a 9 ft space from the opening to the heat pedestal at the bottom, when graphite spacers fell from the graphite plates that held the tungsten metal parts to the bottom of the HIP vessel. Because the next load would not fit with the spacers in the bottom, Employee #1 was sent down to get them. He was retrieving the second spacer when he was overcome by argon gas. The HIP pressure vessel is used to cure tungsten steel at a temperature of 1,360 degrees C and a pressure of 15,000 psi, using argon gas. The vessel atmosphere had not been tested or ventilated prior to entry; employees had no training; and no rescue procedures with lifelines and respiratory equipment were available. Employee #1 died of asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ventilation, pressure vessel, work rules, inhalation, gas, overexposure, argon
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 115662645 Fatality Asphyxia Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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