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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 30null
Geismar, LA 70734
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 325211/Plastics Material and Resin Manufacturing
Mailing: Pob 228null, Geismar, LA 70734

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

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
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 $13,494 $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 fa ce blind on flange on a reactor. Then, the probe stem fell inside of reactor, an d employee tried to fish it out. Using a Jacobs ladder, the employee went insid e reactor that was not cleared for entry because the reactor still contained vin yl chlorine. Half way down the ladder, the employee became dizzy and fell to th e bottom of the reactor hitting his head on the agitator inside of the vessel. The employee was killed.
Keywords: head, installing, reactor, vessel--container
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1471368.015 Fatality Operating engineers

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