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Inspection: 1319328.015 - Waste Management Of West Virginia, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 1319328.015Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 05/25/2018

Waste Management Of West Virginia, Inc.
125-145 Whitehair Lane
West Union, WV 26456
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 562212/Solid Waste Landfill
Mailing: 1488 Dawson Drivesuite 102, Bridgeport, WV 26330

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/25/2018
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $12,934 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,934
Current Penalty $12,394 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,394
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 11/20/2018 05/08/2020 $12,394 $12,934 $0 12/13/2018 2 - Appeals Court
  2. 02001 Other 19101200 G08 11/20/2018 05/08/2020 $0 $0 $0 12/13/2018 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 106035.015Event: 05/25/2018One Employee Killed; Two Employees Are Burned When A Tank Ex
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on May 25, 2018, three employees were working for a firm that disposed of waste and operated solid waste landfills. They were working at an oil and gas site. Three tanks were being decommissioned. They had been assisting in containing a spill during the decommissioning. The tanks were moved from the site to the bottom of a hill. There, a worker from a separate company cut open the tanks with an oxygen acetylene torch so that they could be cleaned. The third tank contained a leak along the bottom seam. Once it was at the bottom of the hill, the three employees, along with a second worker from the separate company, were working to contain the sludge that was escaping. Nearby, the worker with the torch was on the opposite side of the tank. He began to heat the tank with the torch. The tank contained flammable material, either liquid or vapor escaping from the leaking seam, ignited. An explosion occurred inside the tank. All three employees sustained thermal burns. Two of the employees sustained relatively minor burns. They were flown to West Penn Hospital in Pennsylvania. They were hospitalized. One employee sustained severe burns. He was flown to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pennsylvania. He died there on June 12, 2018.
Keywords: acetylene torch, tank, explosion, flammable vapors, leak, oil tank, gas, flammable liquid, storage tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1319328.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation Not Listed
2 1319328.015 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation Not Listed
3 1319328.015 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation Not Listed

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