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Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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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 Drive
Houston, TX 77041
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 332710/Machine Shops
Mailing: 4525 Gessner Rd., Houston, TX 77041

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/20/2020
Emphasis: N:SvepClose Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1537375    
Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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 -
  2. 02001 Willful 5A0001 07/21/2020 09/04/2020 $134,937 $134,937 $0 08/07/2020 -

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 smell and hear a propylene gas leak. The supervisor sent out a text to the crew stating "don't fire up the gun. Gas leak." A coworker responded "Call 911." Shortly after, an explosion occurred at or in the coating shop. Employee #1 and Employee #2 were killed in the explosion and fire. Propylene gas, used at the facility in the high velocity oxygen fuel coating process, was believed to have leaked, accumulating and finding an unknown source of ignition, resulting in the explosion. Two other employees, Employee #3 and Employee #4, were non-fatally injured by debris from the explosion.
Keywords: propylene, fire, gas leak, leak, gas, explosion, coating operation
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1458001.015 Fatality Concussion Occupation Not Listed
2 1458001.015 Fatality Concussion Occupation Not Listed

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