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Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 10 18
Current Violations 8 10 18
Initial Penalty $41,505 $0 $0 $4,425 $0 $45,930
Current Penalty $36,440 $0 $0 $4,425 $0 $40,865
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5144(M)(2) 06/03/2021 $225 $225 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  2. 01002 Other 25000010 A 06/03/2021 $335 $335 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  3. 01003 Other 25000025 06/03/2021 $335 $335 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  4. 01004 Other 3395(H) 06/03/2021 $675 $675 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  5. 01005 Other 3400(C) 06/03/2021 $335 $335 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  6. 01006 Other 51410001 E 06/03/2021 $560 $560 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  7. 01007 Other 51410001 F01 06/03/2021 $560 $560 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  8. 01008 Other 5143(A)(1) 06/03/2021 $560 $560 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  9. 01009 Other 5162(C) 06/03/2021 $675 $675 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  10. 01010 Other 6151(C)(1) 06/03/2021 $165 $165 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  11. 02001 Serious 3380(F)(1) 06/03/2021 $5,060 $5,060 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  12. 03001 Serious 3395(I) 06/03/2021 $4,050 $4,050 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  13. 04001 Serious 51410001 D02 06/03/2021 $4,050 $4,050 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  14. 05001 Serious 5144(D)(1) 06/03/2021 06/17/2021 $5,060 $5,060 $0 Z - Issued
  15. 06001 Serious 5155(E) 06/03/2021 07/19/2021 $5,060 $10,125 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  16. 07001 Serious 5162(D) 06/03/2021 $5,060 $5,060 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  17. 08001 Serious 5194(E) 06/03/2021 $4,050 $4,050 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested
  18. 09001 Serious 5194(H) 06/03/2021 $4,050 $4,050 $0 10/06/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 129378.015 Event: 08/24/2020Employee Dies Of Cardiac Arrest Exacerbated By Exposures
At 5:06 p.m. on August 24, 2020, an employee who had been performing routine dut ies for a chemical blending and packaging company died from cardiac arrest poten tially complicated by exposure to chemicals and wildfire particulates. On August 19, 2020, the employee spent the morning mixing water-based Glaze 'N Seal produ cts in Building D. He was then assigned to operate a forklift in Building B to a ssist in packaging powdered oxalic acid dihydrate. Excess powder was blown off w ith a compressed air hose. At 4:00 p.m. on that day, the employee had an asthma attack and was transported to the hospital. At some point, the employee had a he art attack and on August 24, 2020, the employee died. Further investigation reve aled three possible factors contributing this his death. The employee was potent ially exposed to chemicals on the job, the employee was potentially exposure to wildfire smoke, and the employee was exposed to heat. Heat was eventually ruled out as a factor. Coworkers worked within a semi-enclosed area in Building B with several respiratory irritants and exhaust from the area was vented into Buildin g B. Also, according to AirNow.gov, on August 19, 2020, due to two lightning com plex fires that were burning, the Air Quality Index (AQI) ranged from 128 to 170 , Orange (Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups) to Red (Unhealthy), between the hours of 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. At this time, the large doors on both buildings were open to the outside and the employee was operating the forklift indoors and outd oors. No autopsy was performed, and the causes of death listed on the death cert ificate were: (1) Cardiac Arrest; Brain Death-Ventricular Fibrillation; and (3) Other Significant Conditions: Asthma with unspecified acute exacerbation. It is likely that exposure to respiratory irritants at the worksite triggered the empl oyee's asthma based upon findings of the onsite investigation. The employee was not wearing a respirator and was only wearing a face covering due to COVID-19.
Keywords: cardiac arrest, cardiovasc disease, cardiovasc system, chemical, chemical exposure, compressed air, corrosive, dust, engineering controls, equipment operator, forklift, heart, heart attack, inhalation, lack of engi
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1492143.015 Fatality Hand packers and packagers

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