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Case Status: OPEN

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Inspection: 1458001.015 - Watson Grinding And Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 1458001.015Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 01/24/2020

Watson Grinding And Manufacturing Company, Inc.
4525 Gessner Drivenull
Houston, TX 77041
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 332710/Machine Shops
Mailing: 4525 Gessner Rd.Null, Houston, TX 77041

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/20/2020
Emphasis: N:SvepClose 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 $8,675 $134,937 $0 $0 $0 $143,612
Current Penalty $8,675 $134,937 $0 $0 $0 $143,612
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19101200 H01 07/21/2020 08/14/2020 $8,675 $8,675 $0 08/07/2020 C - Contested
  2. 02001 Willful 5A0001 07/21/2020 09/04/2020 $134,937 $134,937 $0 08/07/2020 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 123399.015Event: 01/24/2020Two Employees Are Killed, Two Are Injured, In Propylene Gas
Around 4:20 a.m. on January 24, 2020, Employee #1 had arrived at the worksite to begin work in the coating shop and sent a text message stating that he could sm ell and hear a propylene gas leak. The supervisor sent out a text to the crew st ating "don't fire up the gun. Gas leak." A coworker responded "Call 911." Short ly after, an explosion occurred at or in the coating shop. Employee #1 and Emplo yee #2 were killed in the explosion and fire. Propylene gas, used at the facilit y in the high velocity oxygen fuel coating process, was believed to have leaked, accumulating and finding an unknown source of ignition, resulting in the explos ion. Two other employees, Employee #3 and Employee #4, were non-fatally injured by debris from the explosion.
Keywords: coating operation, explosion, fire, gas, gas leak, leak, propylene
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1458001.015 Fatality Occupation Not Listed
2 1458001.015 Fatality Occupation Not Listed

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