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Inspection: 2298412 - Roy Hunt Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 2298412Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 07/18/1985

Roy Hunt Inc
Koch Refining Company Suntide Rd
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
Mailing: Po Box 9096, Corpus Christi, TX 78408

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/05/1985
Close Case:07/17/1986

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360557524    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $1,260 $1,260
Current Penalty $630 $630
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100134 D03 08/08/1985 08/11/1985 $315 $630 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19260021 B02 08/08/1985 08/11/1985 $315 $630 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 19100020 G02 08/08/1985 08/12/1985 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 02002 Other 19100134 A02 08/08/1985 09/09/1985 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 02003 Other 19100134 E05 08/08/1985 09/09/1985 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14401913Event: 07/17/1985Employee Breathed Nitrogen Supplied By Air Line Respirator
A PETROCHEMICAL REFINERY WAS UNDERGOING TURNAROUND. A CONTRACTOR CREW HAD BEEN ASSIGNED THE JOB OF SANDBLASTING THE INSIDE SURFACES OF A REACTOR VESSEL (CONFINED SPACE). ALTHOUGH UNWRITTEN COMPANY POLICY CALLED FOR THE USE OF AIR COMPRESSORS FOR SUPPLYING RESPIRATOR AIR, THIS CREW, WITH THE SUPERVISOR'S KNOWLEDGE, HAD PREVIOUSLY USED PLANT AIR TO SUPPLY BREATHING AIR. THE CREW MISTAKENLY HOOKED UP AN AIR FILTER TO AN UNLABELED NITROGEN LINE (ONLY THE SHUTOFF VALVE WAS LABELED) USED BY THE REFINEREY FOR PURGING CONFINED SPACES. PLANT NITROGEN LINES AND AIR LINES WERE IDENTICAL AND BOTH HAVE CROW'S FOOT COUPLINGS COMPATIBLE WITH THE COUPLING ON THE AIR FILTER. EMPLOYEE #1 CLIMBED TO THE BOTTOM OF THE VESSEL, PLACED THE SANDBLAST RESPIRATOR HOOD ON HIS HEAD AND BEGAN SANDBLASTING. HE WAS ASPHYXIATED WITHIN FIVE MINUTE'S TIME. ATTEMPTS TO REVIVE EMPLOYEE # WITH OXYGEN FAILED.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, air line respirator, asphyxiated, work rules, sandblasting, confined space, nitrogen
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 2298412 Fatality Asphyxia Construction trades, n.e.c.

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