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Inspection: 301987616 - Georgia Pacific Corp. - Port Hudson

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 301987616Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 11/12/1997

Georgia Pacific Corp. - Port Hudson
W. Mt. Pleasant Road
Zachary, LA 70791
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2621/Paper Mills
Mailing: P. O. Box 430, Zachary, LA 70791

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/02/1998
Close Case:05/26/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,625
Current Penalty $1,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,625
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100023 A03 04/03/1998 04/09/1998 $1,625 $1,625 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170080295Event: 11/11/1997Employee Dies After Falling Into Hot Chlorate Solution
Employee #1, a utility helper in the bleach plant of a paper mill, was unloading a railroad hopper car filled with dry sodium chlorate. Two 4 in. diameter hoses, one an inlet hose and one an outlet hose, were hooked up to the bottom of the hopper car. Hot water at 210 degrees F was being pumped through the inlet hose to fill the tank above the level of the sodium chlorate crystals. The material would then dissolve and the resulting sodium chlorate solution would be pumped out. Four 32 in. diameter dome covers were open on top of the railroad car so Employee #1 could look into the tank with his flashlight to make sure the crystals were dissolving and to check the level of the liquid. Employee #1 stepped or fell through one of the openings, landing in the 180 to 200 degrees F sodium chlorate solution. He was killed. There were no eyewitnesses to the accident..
Keywords: burn, cover, railroad tank car, work rules, fall, off loading, unguarded, chemical, hot water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301987616 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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