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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 301402129 - Valero Refining - Texas Lp

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 301402129Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 02/19/1998

Valero Refining - Texas Lp
1301 Loop 197 South
Texas City, TX 77590
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2911/Petroleum Refining
Mailing: P.O. Box 3429, Texas City, TX 77590

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:06/10/1998
Close Case:05/18/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101930048    
 Referral201921053   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 8 8
Current Violations 6 2 8
Initial Penalty $37,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $37,000
Current Penalty $22,000 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $24,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100119 D03 IB 06/12/1998 08/14/1998 $5,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Other 19100119 D03 ID 06/12/1998 08/14/1998 $1,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Other 19100119 L04 06/12/1998 08/14/1998 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19100119 F01 I 06/12/1998 09/13/1998 $5,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100119 F01 II 06/12/1998 09/13/1998 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01005 Other 19100119 L01 06/12/1998 08/14/1998 $1,000 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01006A Serious 19100134 A02 06/12/1998 06/17/1998 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01006B Serious 19101000 B02 06/12/1998 09/13/1998 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01006C Serious 19101000 E 06/12/1998 09/13/1998 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01007 Serious 19100134 B08 06/12/1998 07/15/1998 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01008 Serious 19100134 E03 III 06/12/1998 06/17/1998 $2,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201921285Event: 02/11/1998Employee Killed By Acute Exposure To Hydrogen Sulfide
On February 11, 1998, Employee #1 was on top of a sour water tank blocking in steam eductor valves when he received an acute exposure to hydrogen sulfide. He was on top of the tank alone for about 10 minutes without any additional PPE. He was wearing only flame retardant clothing and a hard hat. Safety procedures require the use of a self-contained breathing air respirator and the necessary breathing air equipment was present on the tank. Hydrogen sulfide guidelines require that an employee must have a respirator on when at the top of the stairway of the tank. Employee #1 was still alive on February 17, 1998, the date this incident was reported to the OSHA office, but his brain activity was only 8 percent of normal. He was on complete life support, and it was very questionable whether he would live. Employee #1 died on February 22, 1998, at John Sealy Hospital - Texas City Medical Branch.
Keywords: asphyxiated, hydrogen sulfide, pipe, plumbing, tank, refinery
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301402129 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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