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Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1482385.015 - Brookfield Iron & Metal Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Calumet City

Nr: 1482385.015Report ID: 0521700Open Date: 07/08/2020

Brookfield Iron & Metal Llc
171 E. 12th Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 423930/Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 171 E. 12th Street, Chicago Heights, IL 60411

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/08/2020
Close Case:02/22/2021

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1618938    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $26,988 $0 $0 $0 $0 $26,988
Current Penalty $21,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $21,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100101 A 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $11,000 $13,494 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19101200 G08 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $10,000 $13,494 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19101200 H02 II 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19100132 D02 12/21/2020 02/16/2021 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 127576.015Event: 07/08/2020One Employee Is Killed And Other Incurs Hearing Loss When Co
At 11:15 a.m. on July 8, 2020, two employees were working for a merchant wholesaler of recyclable materials. Employee #1 transported approximately nine compressed natural gas (CNG) cylinders from the firm's scrapyard into the garage with a forklift to dismantle and dispose of the cylinders. The cylinders' valves were still attached. Employee #1 positioned the cylinders side-by-side on the ground. Employee #1 then used a gas-operated Stihl TS420 cut-off saw to cut triangles into the CNG cylinders. He did not purge the CNG cylinders first. Among the cylinder he cut without incident was a Luxfer aluminum CNG cylinder overwrapped with carbon fiber. It had serial number ADX6151. When employee #1 attempted to cut into the fourth CNG cylinder, the cut-off saw produced frictional heat and sparks while cutting. There were residual amounts of compressed natural gas remaining in the cylinder. It exploded. Employee #1 suffered multiple injuries. He was killed. Employee #2 was walking through the area when the explosion occurred. He experienced hearing loss in his left ear. The hearing loss was temporary. He was not hospitalized.
Keywords: ppe, saw, cutting, cylinder, flammable vapors, natural gas, metal saw, hearing loss, explosion, compressed gas, spark, purging
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1482385.015 Non Hospitalized injury Hearing Loss Automobile mechanics
2 1482385.015 Fatality Other

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