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Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 7 1 8
Current Violations 7 1 8
Initial Penalty $95,571 $136,532 $0 $0 $0 $232,103
Current Penalty $95,571 $136,532 $0 $0 $0 $232,103
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100119 D01 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  2. 01001B Serious 19101200 G01 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $0 $0 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  3. 01002 Serious 19100119 D03 I G 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  4. 01003A Serious 19100119 F01 III B 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  5. 01003B Serious 19100134 D01 I 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $0 $0 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  6. 01004 Serious 19100119 F01 I C 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  7. 01005 Serious 19100132 D01 I 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  8. 01006 Serious 19100134 D01 III 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  9. 01007 Serious 19101200 G11 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $13,653 $13,653 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested
  10. 02001 Willful 19100119 F04 12/30/2021 01/27/2022 $136,532 $136,532 $0 01/14/2022 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 138090.015 Event: 07/02/2021Three Employees Incur Respiratory Issues From Toxic Chemical
At 7:30 p.m. on July 2, 2021, Employee # 1, Employee #2, and Employee #3, were p erforming two maintenance tasks in the M2 crude rectification section on the gro und and second levels at tower M2-T250 and vessel V-207. On July 2, 2021, during the night shift, three (3) gas monomer chemical operators were exposed to toxic fluorocarbons and other hazardous chemicals while performing the maintenance ta sks at M2-T250 that resulted in delayed respiratory failure. The three employee s were exposed to unknown and known acute toxic chemicals identified as expected to be in the process streams such as, but not limited to, Perfluorocyclobutane (C318), Perfluoroisobutene (PFiB), Octafluoroisomethylether (OIME), and/or Hydro gen Fluoride (HF) when returning T250 back to normal operations due to inadequat e safe work practices and respiratory protection. On July 4 after Employee #1 and Employee #2 's shift ended, they had problems breathing that progressively worsened and they went separately to the hospital where they were admitted for r espiratory failure. Employee #2 later died from respiratory failure. Then, Emplo yee #3 worked his shift on July 3, and on July 4, the employee had trouble brea thing that was worsening when he walked to his car. The employee was admitted f or respiratory failure. The employee later died from respiratory failure.
Keywords: chemical exposure, maintenance, respiratory, respiratory tract, shortness of breath
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1547414.015 Fatality Chemical technicians
2 1547414.015 Hospitalized injury Chemical technicians
3 1547414.015 Fatality Chemical technicians

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