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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303555817 - Milliken & Company - Abbeville Plant

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 303555817Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 08/24/2001

Milliken & Company - Abbeville Plant
601 Brooks St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2221/Broadwoven Fabric Mills, Manmade Fiber and Silk
Mailing: Millken Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29303

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/15/2001
Close Case:01/05/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $3,250 $0 $3,250
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 30008 A 11/09/2001 11/26/2001 $3,250 $3,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 19101048 D02 III 11/09/2001 12/12/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200371888Event: 08/17/2001Four Employees Are Exposed To Formaldehyde
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on August 17, 2001, Employees #1, #2, #3, and #4 completed a process change in the company finishing area and began running a new product. At approximately 5:15 p.m., all four workers began to experience tightness in their chests, coughing, shortness of breath, and headaches. The employees reported their symptoms to the supervisor. The supervisor transported Employee #1 to the hospital, while Employees #2, #3, and #4 drove themselves. All four employees were diagnosed with chemical pneumonitis and hypoxia. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized. Employee #4 was treated and released. All four workers had been transported to the hospital with similar symptoms in January of 2001, while running the same process. The employer was cited for failure to conduct formaldehyde monitoring based on the symptoms reported during the earlier incident.
Keywords: respiratory, lung, vapor, ppe, headache, work rules, inhalation, formaldehyde, chemical, cough
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303555817 Hospitalized injury Other Winding and twisting machine operators
2 303555817 Non Hospitalized injury Other Winding and twisting machine operators
3 303555817 Hospitalized injury Other Winding and twisting machine operators
4 303555817 Hospitalized injury Other Winding and twisting machine operators

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