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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $31,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $31,500
Current Penalty $18,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100119 D01 11/01/1999 11/29/1999 $6,300 $6,300 $0 11/19/1999 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100119 E03 III 11/01/1999 11/29/1999 $6,300 $6,300 $0 11/19/1999 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19100119 F01 IIIB 11/01/1999 11/19/1999 $0 $6,300 $0 11/19/1999 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100119 F04 11/01/1999 11/29/1999 $6,300 $6,300 $0 11/19/1999 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 5. 01005 Serious 19100119 J03 11/01/1999 11/29/1999 $0 $6,300 $0 11/19/1999 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 302321138 Event: 05/11/1999Three Employees Killed And One Injured In Fire
Four employees were engaged in finding a polymer plug that would occasionally occur due to polymerization in the line. They had performed a line break and had reassembled the line, and then opened a tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) valve at a silica gel tower. This allowed full pressure on the line. Due to a poorly connected flange, air had been introduced into the line after reassembly and when the TFE came into contact with the air a fire resulted leading to an explosion of the tower. Two of the four employees were unable to escape the fire, and two others escaped the fire scene. However, only one of the two employees that escaped survived and was hospitalized with burns.
Keywords: burn, fire, explosion, tower
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302321138 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
2 302321138 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, production occupations
3 302321138 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators
4 302321138 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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