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Inspection: 123276610 - R.S.I. Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 123276610Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 08/08/2001

R.S.I. Inc.
2401 5th Ave. South
Texas City, TX 77592
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2911/Petroleum Refining
NAICS: 324110/Petroleum Refineries
Mailing: P.O. Box 1367, Alvin, TX 77512

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/09/2001
Close Case:10/31/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101930154    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $6,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100134 D01 III 01/18/2002 02/20/2002 $0 $1,500 $0 02/11/2002 R - Review Commission
  2. 01002 Serious 19100146 I01 01/18/2002 02/20/2002 $0 $1,500 $0 02/11/2002 R - Review Commission
  3. 01003 Serious 19100146 I08 I 01/18/2002 02/20/2002 $0 $1,500 $0 02/11/2002 R - Review Commission
  4. 01004 Serious 19100146 J05 01/18/2002 02/20/2002 $0 $1,500 $0 02/11/2002 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 123276610Event: 08/08/2001Employee Dies From Asphyxiation
At approximately 2 a.m. on August 8, 2001, Employee #1 was working on top of a reactor under nitrogen purge. A coworker was wearing breathing air with a communication device. The lead man was on top of the reactor overseeing the job. The lead man turned around and began communicating on the headset with the workers monitoring the breathing air. Employee #1 walked past the lead man and the coworker without breathing air and reached into a manhole. Employee #1 was overcome by the fumes/vapors and fell 3 to 4 feet into the reactor. The coworker and lead man pulled Employee #1 out of the reactor, and the lead man performed CPR until the rescue team arrived. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the hospital. Employee #1 died from asphyxiation.
Keywords: air line respirator, asphyxiated, reactor, cpr, gas, nitrogen, fall, purging, chemical vapor, overexposure
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123276610 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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