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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 6
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $7,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,200
Current Penalty $4,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B02 09/08/1992 09/11/1992 $1,225 $1,800 $0 09/28/1992 R - Review Commission
  2. 01002 Serious 19260651 C02 09/08/1992 09/11/1992 $1,225 $1,800 $0 09/28/1992 R - Review Commission
  3. 01003 Serious 19260651 K01 09/08/1992 09/11/1992 $1,225 $1,800 $0 09/28/1992 R - Review Commission
  4. 01004 Serious 19260652 A01 09/08/1992 09/11/1992 $1,225 $1,800 $0 09/28/1992 R - Review Commission
Deleted 5. 02001 Other 19260020 B01 09/08/1992 09/11/1992 $0 $0 $0 09/28/1992 R - Review Commission
  6. 02002 Other 19260651 J02 09/08/1992 09/11/1992 $0 $0 $0 09/28/1992 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14479729 Event: 06/14/1994Employees Injured In Tank Explosion
The employees of two subcontractors were 19 ft above floor level, soldering a condensate line to the vent of two 36,000 lb combustible liquid storage tanks that were in use. One employee was using an acetylene turbo torch. Ink varnish that had just been transferred into the tank was approximately 45 degrees Fahrenheit above its 215 Fahrenheit flash point. Twenty minutes later, during the soldering process, flammable vapors produced by the elevated temperature of the stored combustible liquid (which was mixed elsewhere in the plant) were ignited, causing a flashback in the tank and an explosion. Employee #1, who had not been provided with fall protection, was thrown from the top of the tank to floor. Employee #2 was on a mechanical lift that was next to the tank. Several employees of the link company were affected by the blast and were hospitalized. No precautions had been taken or attempts made to eliminate ignition sources. The tanks were not emptied or inerted. Employees of both subcontractors were unaware of the hazards of combustible liquids and vapors at elevated temperatures.
Keywords: flammable vapors, work rules, storage tank, explosion, combustible liquid, untrained, acetylene torch, soldering torch, construction, high temperature
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119515229 Hospitalized injury Dislocation Welders and cutters
2 119515229 Hospitalized injury Concussion Helpers, construction trades

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