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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1197139.015 - A&B Process Systems, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Appleton

Nr: 1197139.015Report ID: 0521100Open Date: 12/14/2016

A&B Process Systems, Inc.
223 S. Wisconsin Ave
Stratford, WI 54484
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 332420/Metal Tank (Heavy Gauge) Manufacturing
Mailing: P.O. Box 86, Stratford, WI 54484

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:12/14/2016
Emphasis: L:Fall, N:Chrome6Close Case:07/12/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $43,458 $0 $0 $0 $0 $43,458
Current Penalty $34,404 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $36,404
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100132 A 03/27/2017 07/03/2017 $9,054 $9,054 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100146 C05 II C 03/27/2017 05/03/2017 $12,675 $12,675 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003A Serious 19100146 C05 II E 1 03/27/2017 05/03/2017 $12,675 $12,675 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003B Serious 19100146 C05 II H 03/27/2017 05/03/2017 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Other 19101026 D02 III 03/27/2017 $2,000 $9,054 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 91351.015Event: 12/14/2016Employee Is Asphyxiated While Welding In Tank
At approximately 1:00 a.m. on December 14, 2016, an employee had been welding lift lugs onto the outside of stainless steel tanks. Small metal bladders were placed on the inside surface of the tank where the employee was welding. The metal bladders were supplied with argon and used to purge oxygen from the inside surface of the weld area to eliminate oxidation of the metal during welding outside the tank. It is believed the employee entered the tank to remove the metal bladders and was asphyxiated due to lack of oxygen displaced by the argon gas.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, asphyxiated, welder, confined space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1197139.015 Fatality Asphyxia Welders and cutters

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