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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 18320721 - Industrial Water Service

Inspection Information - Office: Jacksonville

Nr: 18320721Report ID: 0419700Open Date: 06/15/1989

Industrial Water Service
1640 Talleyrand Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 9999/Nonclassifiable Establishments

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/22/1989
Close Case:12/18/1989

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360127831    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $1,280 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,280
Current Penalty $950 $0 $0 $0 $0 $950
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100252 D02 VIC 10/05/1989 10/09/1989 $475 $640 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100252 E01 I 10/05/1989 10/09/1989 $475 $640 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 19101200 E01 10/05/1989 11/07/1989 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14331888Event: 05/19/1989One Employee Killed, Two Injured In Explosion
On May 19, 1989, Employees #1, #2, #3, and another worker were installing a fixed ladder to the south side of a 500,000 gallon storage tank used for storing industrial waste water contaminated with petroleum products. Employees #2 and #3 were located on the top of the tank to assist in raising the ladder. Employee #1 and another worker remained on the ground to weld the lower supports for the ladder. After welding the lower supports in place, Employee #1 went to the top of the tank to weld the top support brackets. Employee #1 had completed the left bracket and had just started the right bracket when a fire and an explosion occurred. Employee #1 was blown from the top side of the tank and fell approximately 30ft, sustaining fatal injuries. Employee #2 was blown from the tank horizontally, approximately 15 ft and downward, approximately 30 ft, sustaining critical injuries. Employee #3 was blown upward approximately 10 ft and fell back onto the top of the tank sustaining numerous cuts and bruises. He was rescued with the use of a portable extension ladder.
Keywords: fire, storage tank, welding, fixed ladder, petroleum naphtha, explosion, laceration, fall, tank, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 18320721 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported
2 18320721 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 18320721 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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