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Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $300 $0 $300
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $300 $0 $300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3249 B 01/24/1996 02/07/1996 $300 $300 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170380836 Event: 01/17/1996Employee Burned By Spilled Combustible Liquid
Employee #1 was mixing glycol ether (class II combustible liquid) and UV inhibitor (powder) by heating the liquid on a stirring heater (covered hot plate with revolving magnet that moves a magnetically attached stirring weight inside) in a Pyrex 3-liter beaker. The liquid had been heated to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to dissolve the powder into the liquid in approximately half an hour. Employee #1 used a clear beaker to allow him to observe the color change in the mixture, which would indicate the completion of mixing. Employee #1 had finished mixing and was removing the beaker from the stirring heater when the beaker failed, leaving the bottom of the beaker sitting on the heater. The released liquid ignited when it came in contact with the hot ceramic top of the heater. Employee #1 sustained second-degree burns to his hands, abdomen, and thighs.
Keywords: burn, abdomen, fire, thigh, equipment failure, combustible liquid, spill, testing lab, hand, high temperature
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120292347 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Chemical technicians

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