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Inspection: 18149633 - Domermuth Petroleum Equip. & Maint. Corp. Dba

Inspection Information - Office: Syracuse

Nr: 18149633Report ID: 0215800Open Date: 10/04/1988

Domermuth Petroleum Equip. & Maint. Corp. Dba
700 Hartwell Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13057
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7699/Repair Shops and Related Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/08/1988
Close Case:05/17/1993

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360379226    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3 6
Current Violations 3 3 6
Initial Penalty $1,480 $30,000 $0 $0 $0 $31,480
Current Penalty $660 $14,400 $0 $0 $0 $15,060
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/12/1988 12/15/1988 $420 $1,000 $0 12/23/1988 R - Review Commission
  2. 01002 Serious 19100252 A02 IIB 12/12/1988 12/15/1988 $120 $240 $0 12/23/1988 R - Review Commission
  3. 01003 Serious 19100252 A02 IVC 12/12/1988 12/15/1988 $120 $240 $0 12/23/1988 R - Review Commission
  4. 02001 Willful 5A0001 12/12/1988 12/16/1988 $4,800 $10,000 $0 12/23/1988 R - Review Commission
  5. 02002 Willful 5A0001 12/12/1988 12/15/1988 $4,800 $10,000 $0 12/23/1988 R - Review Commission
  6. 02003 Willful 19100307 B 12/12/1988 12/15/1988 $4,800 $10,000 $0 12/23/1988 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14490759Event: 10/04/1988Employee Killed In Tank Truck Explosion
Employee #1 was attempting to clean sludge from a tank truck that had contained flammable materials, such as gasoline or oil. Employee #1 was sitting on top of the truck with his feet dangling inside one of the hatch openings. He had a trouble light in the vicinity of the hatch opening and the nozzle end of a water pressure washer unit to clean the inside of the tank. When Employee #1 pulled the trigger of the nozzle, an explosion occurred that blew him through the roof of the building. Employee #1 was killed. Apparently, the tanker had not been ventilated to remove the flammable vapors, which, in combination with the water from the nozzle hitting the hot bulb of a non-explosion-proof trouble light, caused the explosion.
Keywords: tank truck, ventilation, flammable vapors, work rules, cleaning, lighting fixture, explosion, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18149633 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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