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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300531522 - Columbia Gas Of Ohio, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Columbus

Nr: 300531522Report ID: 0522500Open Date: 05/31/1996

Columbia Gas Of Ohio, Inc.
9 Riverside Dr.
Athens, OH 45701
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4923/Natural Gas Transmission and Distribution
Mailing: P.O.Box 4220, Athens, OH 45701

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/27/1996
Close Case:02/19/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 10/15/1996 10/18/1996 $7,000 $7,000 $0 11/04/1996 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170662464Event: 05/30/1996Two Employees Killed When Overcome By Natural Gas
Employees #1 and #2, of Columbia Gas, were dispatched to a residential site because, while the house was being checked for a sale, a plumber had discovered a leaking curb valve. Employees #1 and #2 were digging an area around the curb valve when the plumber left the site for 23 minutes. Upon his return, he heard a hissing sound. He checked the area where the two employees had been working and found that both had their faces down in the hole; one was bent over in the hole and the other was lying on his stomach, with his head hanging into the hole. Employees #1 and #2 were dead. They had been changing the curb valve without first turning off the gas.
Keywords: asphyxiated, ventilation, ppe, work rules, inhalation, natural gas, gas, pit, valve, gas leak
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300531522 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 300531522 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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