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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 123618787 - U.S. Zinc Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 123618787Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 11/17/1998

U.S. Zinc Corporation
6020 Esperson St.
Houston, TX 77001
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3341/Secondary Smelting and Refining of Nonferrous Metals
Mailing: P.O. Box 611, Houston, TX 77001

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/17/1998
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:04/28/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 04/12/1999 04/16/1999 $7,000 $7,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201921228Event: 11/11/1998Employee Killed When Burned By Hot Zinc Dust
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on October 28, 1998, Employee #1 was in the process of placing a piece of ceramic wool onto a metal grading door that was located at the flue opening on top of a zinc metal combustion chamber. The combustion chamber had a blow out which discharged hot zinc dust onto Employee #1 causing his clothing to catch fire. Eighty-five percent of his body was burned. Employee #1 was taken to the hospital where he remained until he died on November 11, 1998.
Keywords: burn, combustible dust
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 123618787 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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