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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 2 5
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $5,250 $0 $0 $3,500 $0 $8,750
Current Penalty $2,600 $0 $0 $2,625 $0 $5,225
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100134 C01 07/26/1999 09/08/1999 $1,300 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19100151 C 07/26/1999 08/28/1999 $1,750 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19101000 A02 07/26/1999 07/29/1999 $1,300 $1,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19040008 07/26/1999 07/29/1999 $2,625 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02002 Other 19101200 E01 07/26/1999 08/18/1999 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200641074 Event: 05/21/1999Employee Killed By Ammonia Vapors When Tank Ruptures
Employee #1, the driver of an over-the-road tank truck loaded with ammonia hydroxide, was in the vicinity as his tank was being unloaded into a polyethylene storage tank at the site of a chemical distributor. The unloading was being accomplished by filling the vacant space above the liquid inside the cargo tank with compressed air, a standard method of unloading such tanks. When the cargo tank was emptied, the compressed air surged into the polyethylene storage tank, which was not designed to withstand that kind of pressure. The polyethylene tank ruptured, releasing a substantial volume of ammonia into the air. Employee #1, who was close to the drain valve on the cargo tank, inhaled a substantial volume of ammonia, He suffered serious chemical burns to his lungs, resulting in his death.
Keywords: tank truck, air pressure, lung, ammonia, work rules, compressed air, inhalation, storage tank, chemical burn, off loading
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302383732 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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