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Inspection: 122150865 - Matheson Gas Products

Inspection Information - Office: Calumet City

Nr: 122150865Report ID: 0521700Open Date: 01/22/1997

Matheson Gas Products
Manhatten Road & Richard St.
Joliet, IL 60434
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4932/Gas and Other Services Combined

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/20/1997
Close Case:05/14/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100030162    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/25/1997 03/31/1997 $4,500 $4,500 $0 04/28/1997 W - Empr Withdrew

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 100030162Event: 01/17/1997Two Employees Exposed To Phosgene Gas
On January 17, 1997, Employees #1 and #2 were in the cylinder cleanup area, replacing an inoperative valve on a compressed gas cylinder so that it could be decommissioned. During the procedure, the contents of the cylinder were inadvertently released. At the time of exposure the gas was believed to be nitrous oxide. After sampling and analysis of the cylinder, it was determined to be phosgene. Both employees were taken to the hospital, where they remained for observation. Two coworkers in areas adjacent to the release were also taken to the hospital for observation.
Keywords: phosgene, repair, cylinder, work rules, compressed gas, inhalation, valve, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, accidental discharge
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 122150865 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 122150865 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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