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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1471368.015 - Westlake Vinyls Company, Lp

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 1471368.015Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 03/30/2020

Westlake Vinyls Company, Lp
36045 Highway 30
Geismar, LA 70734
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 325211/Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing
Mailing: Pob 228, Geismar, LA 70734

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/30/2020
Close Case:10/08/2020

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1560942    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $26,988 $0 $0 $0 $0 $26,988
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $13,494 $0 $13,494
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100146 C02 09/18/2020 $13,494 $13,494 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19101017 F02 09/18/2020 09/28/2020 $0 $13,494 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 125117.015Event: 03/29/2020Employee Is Killed After Entering Vessel Containing Vinyl Ch
At approximately 4:00 a.m. on March 29, 2020, an employee was installing full face blind on flange on a reactor. Then, the probe stem fell inside of reactor, and employee tried to fish it out. Using a Jacobs ladder, the employee went inside reactor that was not cleared for entry because the reactor still contained vinyl chlorine. Half way down the ladder, the employee became dizzy and fell to the bottom of the reactor hitting his head on the agitator inside of the vessel. The employee was killed.
Keywords: reactor, installing, vessel--container, head
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1471368.015 Fatality Other Operating engineers

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