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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300311883 - Shared System Technology

Inspection Information - Office: Wilmington

Nr: 300311883Report ID: 0317300Open Date: 08/13/2001

Shared System Technology
Delaware City Refinery, 2000 Wrangle Hill Road
Delaware City, DE 19706
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3567/Industrial Process Furnaces and Ovens
Mailing: Po Box 408, Sewell, NJ 08080

Inspection Type:Unprog Rel
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/07/2001
Close Case:02/06/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100410497    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $507 $0 $0 $0 $0 $507
Current Penalty $507 $0 $0 $0 $0 $507
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260065 Q01 01/14/2002 02/08/2002 $507 $507 $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 300311883 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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