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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120127626 - Morton International

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 120127626Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 05/09/1994

Morton International
1050 Pier F Ave
Long Beach, CA 90801
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2899/Chemicals and Chemical Preparations, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/02/1994
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/28/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362022493    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 1 9
Current Violations 7 1 8
Initial Penalty $52,500 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $53,500
Current Penalty $12,350 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $13,350
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5157 C02 06/17/1994 07/21/1994 $1,000 $1,000 $0 -
Deleted 2. 02001 Serious 5157 D09 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $0 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 03001 Serious 3272 C 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $1,500 $3,500 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  4. 04001 Serious 3270 B 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  5. 05001 Serious 5157 C04 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $1,500 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  6. 06001 Serious 5157 D05 C 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $1,125 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  7. 07001 Serious 5157 D04 G 06/17/1994 06/27/1999 $1,000 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  8. 08001 Serious 5157 D02 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $0 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  9. 09001 Serious 3203 A 06/17/1994 06/27/1994 $225 $7,000 $0 07/11/1994 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170358147Event: 05/09/1994Employees Fall Into Air Pocket In Salt Hopper, One Dies
Large 60 ton hoppers were used to store and process industrial salt. The salt was sized to different grades and stored in the hoppers until it was needed for distribution. To help the salt flow through the hopper, large screw conveyors were installed at their lower section. When the salt solidified, air pockets developed above the conveyors and the conveyors worked empty, without pulling through salt. On May 9, 1994, at approximately 7:15 a.m., Employees #1 and #2 were required to enter a hopper to help the salt flow down. Employees #1 and #2, each wearing a harness and lanyard, entered the hopper. While they were standing on top of the salt that was being processed, they were instructed to loosen the salt cakes. Suddenly, the surface of the salt on which they were standing gave way and Employees #1 and #2 fell into an air pocket. Employee #1's protective lanyard was tied too long and he fell approximately 20 ft to the lowest portion of the air pocket where he was buried and asphyxiated by the falling salt. Employee #2 was retained by his protective lanyard at the upper portion of the air pocket, approximately 15 ft down, and suffered no serious injury. The employees had not been provided with a safe working platform and there was no rescue team to save them quickly.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, cleaning, lanyard, unstable surface, fall, bridged material, buried, hopper
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120127626 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 120127626 Non Hospitalized injury Concussion Occupation not reported

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