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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $560 $0 $4,560
Current Penalty $1,030 $0 $0 $375 $0 $1,405
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 03/12/1996 03/22/1996 $375 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 5194 F04 03/12/1996 04/05/1996 $0 $185 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 3203 A 7 03/12/1996 03/22/1996 $1,030 $4,000 $0 03/28/1996 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170731947 Event: 07/31/1995Employee Burned In Chemical Explosion
Employee #1 was working in the North plating shop with one supervisor and a coworker. The supervisor usually mixed 35% hydrogen peroxide into the slurry tank, which was mixed with chemicals in the plating tank of cadmic cyanide solution. The hydrogen peroxide precipitated out impurities in the tank solution, which was diluted to remove the solids. The supervisor asked Employee #1 to get 1 to 3 gallons of hydrogen peroxide and go to the slurry tank. Employee #1 poured the hydrogen peroxide into a nearly dry slurry tank. The small amount of liquid in the tank and hydrogen peroxide exothermically reacted and resulted in a chemical vapor explosion that splashed Employee #1's face and neck. The supervisor and coworker were witnesses but did not actually see the accident.
Keywords: burn, explosion, chemical reaction, neck, struck by, chemical vapor, face, tank, cyanide
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119775310 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Metal plating machine operators

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