Powered by GoogleTranslate

Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $54,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $54,000
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $10,000 $0 $28,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203(A)(7)(E) 07/25/2017 08/04/2017 $10,000 $18,000 $0 09/19/2017 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 3328(G) 07/25/2017 $18,000 $18,000 $0 09/19/2017 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 03001 Serious 3383(A) 07/25/2017 08/04/2017 $18,000 $18,000 $0 09/19/2017 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 97480.015 Event: 03/19/2017Employee Is Burned By Caustic Solution While Cleaning Indust
At 10:30 a.m. on March 19, 2017, Employee #1 was working for a manufacturer of s nack foods. He was the group leader in a group of three sanitation workers. He a nd his two coworkers were performing the sanitation procedure on a potato chip f ryer (PC fryer) that was part of a potato chip processing line. During the sanit ation procedure, the system had to go through a boil-out process. To start, the employees drained the oil from the system and added a cleaning solution of a hot caustic cleaner and water. The caustic cleaner was HD Plusfoam VF1 and Resource . It contained sodium hydroxide. The system was controlled through a computer sy stem that should have automatically set the required temperature of 88 degrees C elsius (190 degrees Fahrenheit) for the boil-out process. The temperature was ma intained in the heat exchanger system by allowing steam through an automated con trol valve. This valve was a Fisher Type 667 diaphragm actuator, with Serial Num ber 12042066. The valve was not isolating correctly. It had to be opened manuall y by the maintenance department. The boil out process took approximately 3 to 4 hours. About 1 hour into the boil-out process, the workers noticed that the temp erature was fluctuating above 93 degrees Celsius (200 degrees Fahrenheit), as di splayed on a computer screen. When the first coworker saw that the temperature w as getting up to 110 degrees Celsius (230 degrees Fahrenheit), he attempted to s hut everything off in an attempt to lower the temperature. He noticed that the b oil-out system had lost about half of the water that was circulating through it due to boiling off and overflowing. He observed that a lot of steam was coming o ut from the PC fryer. Employee #1 was walking by, when his two coworkers informe d him that the boil-out process was getting too hot. Employee #1 and the first c oworker went on a platform on the north side of the PC fryer to check the comput er screen for the system. At about 10:20 a.m., steam pressure from the excessive heat in the system caused a panel for the fryer fines removal system to blow op en. The fryer fines removal system was on the south side of the PC fryer. The ho t water and chemical mixture blew out and flew over the PC fryer. The mixture la nded on Employee #1 and the first coworker. They had stepped off the platform wh en they had heard the noise of the incipient eruption. They were only about a me ter, or a couple of feet, from the fryer, when they were splashed. The first cow orker had personal protective equipment that included a raincoat that mostly pro tected her from the hot cleaning solution. Employee #1 was not wearing any perso nal protective equipment. He was burned by the hot liquid on his back. He sustai ned second and third degree burns to his scalp, neck, posterior torso, and upper extremities on his left hand side. He was hospitalized.
Keywords: burn, caustic, chemical, chemical burn, cleaning, fryer, heat exchanger, high pressure, high temperature, mech malfunction, ppe, pressure piping, pressure release, sodium hydroxide
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1220002.015 Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

Thank You for Visiting Our Website

You are exiting the Department of Labor's Web server.

The Department of Labor does not endorse, takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over the linked organization or its views, or contents, nor does it vouch for the accuracy or accessibility of the information contained on the destination server. The Department of Labor also cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked Web sites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked Web site. Thank you for visiting our site. Please click the button below to continue.