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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300311867 - J R Trucking Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Wilmington

Nr: 300311867Report ID: 0317300Open Date: 08/13/2001

J R Trucking Inc
Delaware City Refinery, 2000 Wrangle Hill Road
Delaware City, DE 19706
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4212/Local Trucking Without Storage
Mailing: 185 S Dupont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/07/2001
Close Case:02/22/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100410497    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 3 5
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $780 $0 $0 $0 $0 $780
Current Penalty $780 $0 $0 $0 $0 $780
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100120 Q01 01/14/2002 02/08/2002 $488 $488 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19101200 E01 01/14/2002 03/04/2002 $293 $293 $0 -
  3. 01002B Serious 19101200 H01 01/14/2002 02/08/2002 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 02001 Other 19100134 C01 01/14/2002 02/08/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02002 Other 19100132 D02 01/14/2002 02/08/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02003 Other 19040002 A 01/14/2002 01/25/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200410611Event: 07/17/2001One Employee Killed, Eight Injured In Storage Tank Explosion
Motiva Enterprises LLC, is a refinery. Motiva has a subcontractor, Washington Group International Inc., which is responsible for the majority of the maintenance activities at the refinery. At 2:00 p.m. on July 17, 2001, four employees of Washington Group were directed to remove a section of grating for a catwalk around an acid storage tank in the acid tank farm. The tank farm consists of six atmospheric storage tanks. Each one is 47-feet high by 32-feet wide. The tanks contain spent and fresh sulfuric acid. The employees were replacing grating around one of the tanks in the morning, which was conducted without incident. After lunch, the employees proceeded to another area of the tank farm and began to remove the grating around Tank 393. Tank 393 had various holes in the tank. The tank contained spent sulfuric acid from the alkylation process in the refinery. The spent sulfuric acid contains approximately five to eight hydrocarbons with a flash point below 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The employees were removing the grating with an air arc. During the course of removing the grating there was an explosion. Employee #1 was killed and eight other employees were injured and hospitalized.
Keywords: grating, storage tank, explosion, refinery
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300311867 Hospitalized injury Other Truck drivers, heavy

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