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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 18055830 - The Shepherd Chemical Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Cincinnati

Nr: 18055830Report ID: 0522000Open Date: 09/05/1990

The Shepherd Chemical Co.
4900 Beech Street
Norwood, OH 45212
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2819/Industrial Inorganic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:09/06/1990
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:11/13/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral901041392 Yes Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $900
Current Penalty $800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 10/09/1990 11/12/1990 $800 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 869610Event: 09/05/1990Employee Injured In Flash Fire
TANK # 84-61 CONTAINED A WATER-HOSED MOTHER LIQUOR CONTAINING SALICYLIC ACID, RESORCYLIC ACID AND SOLICYLATES AND RESORCYLATES OF LEAD AND COPPER. THE WATER WAS BEING BOILED OFF FROM THIS MIXTURE SO THAT A SMALLER VOLUME OF RESIDUE COULD BE COLLECTED AND SHIPPED AWAY AS HAZARDOUS WASTE. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THE MIXTURE WAS BOILED DOWN TOO FAR, ALLOWING THE BARE HEATING COILS TO BECOME EXPOSED. THE COMBUSTIBLES IN THE CHEMICAL MIXTURE THUS BECAME DRIED OUT AND IGNITED. A BALL OF FLAME SUDDENLY ERUPTED FROM THE TANK, ENGULFING AND CRITICALLY INJURING EMPLOYEE #1, WHO WAS STANDING ONLY 20 FEET AWAY. THIS ACCIDENT WAS CAUSED BY A COMPLETE LACK OF ENGINEERING CONTROLS (I.E. AUTOMATIC LIQUID LEVEL MONITORS) AND BY THE LACK OF AN ESTABLISHED AND RELIABLE SYSTEM FOR MANUALLY MONITORING THE LEVEL OF LIQUIDS WITHIN THE TANK.
Keywords: burn, work rules, fire, hazardous waste, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18055830 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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