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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123410722 - Ar Contractors Of America, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock

Nr: 123410722Report ID: 0627400Open Date: 06/09/1994

Ar Contractors Of America, Inc
201 W. Marcy
Big Spring, TX 79720
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1761/Roofing, Siding, and Sheet Metal Work
Mailing: P.O. Box 171491, Arlington, TX 76003

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/10/1994
Close Case:04/09/1996

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $8,000 $0 $8,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19260021 B02 11/22/1994 01/11/1995 $4,000 $4,000 $0 12/14/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002 Other 19260024 11/22/1994 01/11/1995 $4,000 $4,000 $0 12/14/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 01003 Other 19260152 I06 11/22/1994 01/11/1995 $0 $4,000 $0 12/14/1994 J - ALJ Decision
  4. 02001 Other 19040002 A 11/22/1994 12/05/1994 $0 $0 $0 12/14/1994 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 550509Event: 06/08/1994Employee Dies In Explosion After Using Torch On Asphalt Tank
Employee #1 was directed to use an open-flame propane torch to unclog a pipe line/elbow on top of an asphalt tanker trailer. The pipe line/elbow was blocked with solidified asphalt. The blockage was suspected to be located at the pipe elbow on the gasoline-powered submerged pump. The employee checked the side motor mount area with a live, open-flame propane torch while the internal asphalt tanker heaters were operating (heating the asphalt and creating off-gassing within the tank's interior). It is suspected that the torch ignited combustible vapors/gases that were seeping out around the motor mount. The explosion blew the submerged pump off its mount and into the employee's upper body and head. The employee was blown off the platform and landed on the ground. He was burned over his upper body by the flash fire. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital.
Keywords: head, explosion, burn, fire, work rules, vapor, construction, gas, propane torch, asphalt
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123410722 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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