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Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/24/1998 10/26/1998 $7,000 $7,000 $0 09/14/1998 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200100303 Event: 05/31/1998Employee Killed When Struck By Combustion Air Turbulator
Employee #1, a pipe fitter, and two coworkers were relighting a zone in an ELPO (electrophoretic) phosphate oven when an explosion occurred. The combustion air turbulator was blown off and struck Employee #1, killing him. Subsequent investigation revealed that there had been no proven purge to remove any buildup of natural gas during lighting of the individual zones after an individual burner shut down. In addition, explosion relief vents had not been installed; a preventative maintenance program, including inspection and operational checks, was not in place as per the manufacturers' recommendations; and the employees operating and maintaining the oven had not received initial or periodic training in accordance with NFPA 86 standards for ovens and furnaces.
Keywords: ventilation, flammable vapors, oven, work rules, natural gas, explosion, struck by, flying object, untrained
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 118115104 Fatality Cut/Laceration Plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters

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