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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302717236 - Reade Manufacturing Company

Inspection Information - Office: Marlton

Nr: 302717236Report ID: 0213900Open Date: 09/29/2000

Reade Manufacturing Company
100 Ridgeway Boulevard
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3399/Primary Metal Products, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/28/2001
Close Case:05/03/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101771293    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $4,725 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,725
Current Penalty $2,794 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,794
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100151 C 03/26/2001 04/13/2001 $525 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100212 A01 03/26/2001 03/29/2001 $394 $525 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19101200 F05 I 03/26/2001 03/29/2001 $1,875 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02001 Other 19100305 B01 03/26/2001 03/29/2001 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201771060Event: 09/29/2000Employee Killed In Chemical Explosion
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on September 29, 2000, Employee #1 was inside Building 14 sorting out "tramp" material (paper, plastic, steel, large pieces of magnesium, etc.) from magnesium scrap piled on a steel-sorting table. At the time of the accident, a powerful explosion took place in and around Building 14. The building was demolished with many pieces of magnesium scrap thrown up to approximately 310 feet from the blast area. This scrap pierced other surrounding buildings. The blast caused the sorting table to bow down and rip from the bolts that anchored it to the concrete floor. Employee #1, who was inside Building 14, was critically injured, and died the next morning from complications from the thermal burns. The exploding material was a magnesium, Teflon, viton blend that was inadvertently mixed into the magnesium scrap. The magnesium, Teflon, viton blend is a very reactive and sensitive material. Mechanical impact, friction, electrostatic discharge or electrical sparks and flame easily initiate a reaction. Another employee was directed to dump three drums of material, thought to be magnesium, into a magnesium scrap bin in Building 15. However, this material was not solely magnesium, as the employer believed. An investigation following the accident identified it as the magnesium, Teflon, viton (MTV) blend. Unknowingly, this magnesium, Teflon, viton blend and magnesium scrap mixture was scooped by a bobcat from the bin in Building 15, then driven into Building 14 and dumped onto the sorting table. The exact source of energy that initiated this explosion is unknown.
Keywords: burn, marking, metal shop, fire, explosion, chemical reaction, unguarded, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302717236 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Misc. metal & plastic processing machine operators

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