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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 301338943 - Carbonics, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston North

Nr: 301338943Report ID: 0626600Open Date: 04/23/1999

Carbonics, Inc.
5708 North Shepherd Apt. 2d
Houston, TX 77091
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5169/Chemicals and Allied Products, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/19/1999
Close Case:12/22/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101760536    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $3,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 5A0001 09/09/1999 10/12/1999 $900 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101200 E01 09/09/1999 10/12/1999 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19100022 D01 09/09/1999 09/26/1999 $600 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003A Serious 19100023 C01 09/09/1999 10/12/1999 $600 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01003B Serious 19100023 C01 09/09/1999 10/12/1999 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01003C Serious 19100023 E01 09/09/1999 09/20/1999 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01004 Serious 19100101 B 09/09/1999 10/12/1999 $600 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01005A Serious 19100157 C01 09/09/1999 09/15/1999 $600 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01005B Serious 19100157 G01 09/09/1999 10/12/1999 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201760840Event: 04/23/1999One Employee Killed, Two Injured By Carbon Dioxide Release
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on April 23, 1999, Employee #1 entered a facility to begin work. She walked through the office to the kitchen area and passed out on the floor. Employee #1 was overcome by carbon dioxide which had been leaking in the shop overnight from the 14-ton carbon dioxide pressure vessel used for filling cylinders. Employee #2 and Employee #3 entered the facility approximately 40 minutes later in an attempt to rescue her and succumbed to the carbon dioxide as well. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were taken to the hospital. Employee #1 never regained consciousness and died on April 26, 1999. Employee #2 and Employee #3 were treated and released.
Keywords: leak, asphyxiated, office area, pressure vessel, carbon dioxide
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301338943 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 301338943 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 301338943 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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