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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300874211 - Baxter Healthcare Corp Dba Baxter Bioscience

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 300874211Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 01/21/2011

Baxter Healthcare Corp Dba Baxter Bioscience
4501 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2834/Pharmaceutical Preparations
NAICS: 325412/Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/25/2011
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:07/27/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102581105    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 4 1 11
Current Violations 2 2 1 5
Initial Penalty $90,000 $280,000 $0 $1,250 $0 $371,250
Current Penalty $53,750 $140,000 $0 $1,250 $0 $195,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5157 E01 07/19/2011 08/21/2011 $1,250 $1,250 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Willful 5157 C03 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $70,000 $70,000 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 5157 C04 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $31,250 $11,250 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 04001 Serious 5157 C07 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $11,250 $11,250 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 05001 Willful 5157 D01 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $70,000 $70,000 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 6. 06001 Willful 5157 D04 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $70,000 $70,000 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 7. 07001 Serious 5157 D06 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $11,250 $11,250 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 8. 08001 Willful 5157 D09 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $70,000 $70,000 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 9. 09001 Serious 5157 K01 07/19/2011 07/29/2011 $11,250 $11,250 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 10. 10001 Serious 5157 K03 B 07/19/2011 07/19/2011 $22,500 $22,500 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 11001 Serious 5194 H02 E 07/19/2011 07/22/2011 $22,500 $22,500 $0 07/28/2011 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202542296Event: 01/21/2011Employee Is Asphyxiated By Deficient Oxygen Levels In Vessel
At approximately 3:50 a.m. on January 21, 2011, Employee #1 entered a 6,000 liter reaction vessel, Vessel Number 23 (Mueller Products part number P3388), which was located in plasma fractionation Room Number 404. He accessed the reaction vessel using a stainless steel ladder routinely used by employees entering this vessel during cleaning operations. However, no cleaning operations were taking place in the vessel. At that time, the vessel contained 257 liters of a mixture of 40 percent ethanol, buffers and human plasma. Air in the vessel had been displaced by nitrogen gas, which had been bubbled through the product for 20 hours. Employee #1 entered the reaction vessel to measure the temperature of the plasma ethanol mixture. While in the vessel, he collapsed because of an oxygen deficient atmosphere and was discovered by his supervisor. The supervisor left the room to summoned emergency medical personnel. As the supervisor sought help, two coworkers entered the vessel to attempt to rescue the first employee. All three employee were extricated from the vessel by the fire department. Employee #1 was asphyxiated, another employee was in a coma and in critical condition and a third employee was not injured. Note: The injury line only identified the asphyxiated employee.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, pressure vessel, gas, nitrogen, respirator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300874211 Fatality Asphyxia Biological technicians

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