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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120459581 - Automotive Switch Co.

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 120459581Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 03/18/1993

Automotive Switch Co.
1561 Columbia Hwy.
Aiken, SC 29801
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3494/Valves and Pipe Fittings, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: 8000 W. Florissant Ave., St. Louis, MO 63136

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:03/23/1993
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:07/15/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $3,375 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,375
Current Penalty $750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $750
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19101030 C01 I 05/13/1993 06/02/1993 $750 $1,875 $0 05/24/1993 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19101200 E02 05/13/1993 05/18/1993 $1,500 $1,500 $0 05/24/1993 D - Govt Dismissed

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 675231Event: 03/18/1993Employees Overcome By Chemical Vapor
At approximately 7:30 a.m. on March 18, 1993, an on-site contractor that was building an addition to the prime site began applying concrete sealant containing trimethylbenzene, ethylbenzene, xylene, and mineral spirits to a final 4 ft by 150 ft strip of concrete floor. The permanent wall between the plant stockroom and the new addition had been removed and a plastic enclosure had been constructed to contain dust in the new work area. At approximately 8:00, a supervisor from the plant complained to the contractor about smelling fumes in the plant. Exhaust fans were placed near the roll-up doors to draw the fumes outdoors. At approximately 8:45, Employee #3, who was working in the stockroom, became ill and went to the breakroom, where she was treated by EMTs. Employees then began to evacuate the building. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized and 26 employees were treated for nausea, headaches, and dizziness. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were all recovering from respiratory illnesses, and according to the MSDS, the chemicals in the sealant were known to aggravate pre-existing respiratory health problems. The contractor had not made a copy of the MSDS available to the prime site to adequately protect their employees. It was observed that there was a strong negative pressure in the plant and fumes were pulled directly into the stockroom through holes in the plastic; however, levels of exposure could not be measured as the inspection took place after the plant had been evacuated and ventilated.
Keywords: exhaust system, respiratory, work rules, xylene, inhalation, toxic fumes, concrete, ventilation, chemical vapor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120459581 Hospitalized injury Other Supervisors, production occupations
2 120459581 Hospitalized injury Other Precision assemblers, metal
3 120459581 Hospitalized injury Other Precision assemblers, metal

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