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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123158487 - Absolute Tank Removal

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport

Nr: 123158487Report ID: 0111500Open Date: 07/23/2004

Absolute Tank Removal
338 Commerce Drive
Fairfield, CT 06430
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1795/Wrecking and Demolition Work
NAICS: 238910/Site Preparation Contractors
Mailing: 60 Rowe Avenue, Milford, CT 06460

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/09/2004
Close Case:12/06/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral201528361 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
Current Penalty $1,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260850 E 11/12/2004 11/20/2004 $1,000 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201522208Event: 07/23/2004Employee Is Burned When He Cuts Into Petroleum Tank
On July 23, 2004, an employee cut into a 3,000-gallon underground storage tank that had contained gasoline. The gas had been removed the previous day and the tank purged overnight with dry ice. However, approximately 8 to 10 cubic yards of sludge remained in the tank. When the employee cut into the tank, an explosion resulted. The employee sustained second- and third-degree burns over his head, face, neck and chest. He was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.
Keywords: burn, head, storage tank, explosion, carbon dioxide, neck, purging, face, gasoline, sludge
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123158487 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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