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Inspection: 1530065.015 - 74986 - 3v Sigma Usa Inc

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 1530065.015Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 03/29/2021

74986 - 3v Sigma Usa Inc
888 Woodstock Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2869/Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 325199/All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing
Mailing: 888 Woodstock Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:09/20/2021
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100120 Q01 09/20/2021 09/30/2021 $1,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 135500.015Event: 03/27/2021Employee Is Killed By Methylene Chloride Inhalation
At 12:00 a.m. on March 26, 2021, Employee #2, a supervisor, and Employee #3, a s ystem technician, of 3V Sigma USA Inc. began running batch processes in reactors R-402, R-403 and R-406 of the Gamma chemical plant. During the initiation of th e free-radical polymerization reaction, the Gamma control room received successi ve alarms on pump PT-4009 for low chilled water header pressure. Employees #2 an d #3 began troubleshooting in an attempt to cool the reactors. Employee #2 calle d Employee #1 for assistance. Employee #1 arrived onsite and began helping Emplo yees #2 and #3 troubleshoot. The employees were unsuccessful in stopping the exo thermic reaction. Due to high temperature and pressure inside the reactors, meth ylene chloride vapors escaped through a broken sight glass on R-404 and unsecure d hatches on mixing vessels VA-406 and VA-407. Employees #2 and #3 left the Gamm a control room due to strong vapors of methylene chloride. They witnessed Employ ee #1 inside the Gamma plant unresponsive and attempted to retrieve him. Employe e #1 was exposed to an IDLH atmosphere of methylene chloride and died of anoxic brain injury, cardiopulmonary arrest, and asphyxiation.
Keywords: asphyxiated, cardiac arrest, chemical exposure, chemical reaction, inhalation, lack of oxygen, methylene chloride, oxygen deficiency, unresponsive
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1530065.015 Fatality Occupation not reported

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