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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302714340 - Ganes Chemical

Inspection Information - Office: Marlton

Nr: 302714340Report ID: 0213900Open Date: 03/23/2000

Ganes Chemical
33 Industrial Park Rd
Pennsville, NJ 08070
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2834/Pharmaceutical Preparations

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/16/2000
Close Case:11/02/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101771145    
 Referral201773629 Yes Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $3,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,500
Current Penalty $2,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,100
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/22/2000 10/30/2000 $2,100 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201770948Event: 03/23/2000Two Employees Burned And One Injured In Explosion
Three chemical operators were loading an intermediate pharmacological product from FIBC drums into a vacuum drier. The product was wet with residual heptane. After loading the first drum into the drier, a static discharge occurred inside the drier and ignited the heptane vapors. Employees #1 and #2 received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the face, head, hands, and forearms. Employee #3 was knocked off a flight of stairs and received minor contusions. Employees #1 and #2 were hospitalized. Further investigation revealed that there was insufficient nitrogen in the drier and this allowed the vapor and oxygen mixture to reach the flammable range and ignite.
Keywords: burn, head, machinist, forearm, explosion, heptane, face, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302714340 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators
2 302714340 Non Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators
3 302714340 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Separating, filtering & clarifying mach. operators

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