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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 2862555 - Reliable Contracting Co Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Maryland Region 4

Nr: 2862555Report ID: 0352440Open Date: 03/15/1985

Reliable Contracting Co Inc
Rte 3 South Brickhead Rd
Millersville, MD 21108
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1521/General Contractors-Single-Family Houses
Mailing: 1 Churchview Rd, Millersville, MD 21108

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/29/1985
Planning Guide: Safety-Construction Close Case:04/08/1985

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14194252Event: 03/15/1985Employee Burned By Hot Tar
Two employees of an asphalt manufacturing plant were required to make repairs on the screen deck area of the plant. An employee pulled the circuit breaker for the screen deck area and locked the control panel housing the circuit breaker. A second employee then started the plant to gain access to the screen deck area. Operation of the control panel was turned over to a contractor employee who was to perform the preventive maintenance operations on the control system. The contractor employee activated the system. The control system had not been properly deenergized and the control panel began to display erratic readings. The asphalt production system interpreted the erratic readings as an indication to produce more asphalt, exceeding manufacturing capacity. Molten asphalt began to flow from the storage container into the weigh bucket. The normal operational capacity was 500 lbs and the maximum capacity was 1100 lbs. The molten asphalt exceeded the maximum capacity and began to overflow. At that time, Employee #1 was walking by the area and was splattered by the overflowing asphalt. He suffered minor burns on his head and face and was hospitalized.
Keywords: head, maintenance, repair, lockout, control malfunction, tag, buried, face, asphalt
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 2862555 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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