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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304428113 - Buren Sheet Metal Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 5

Nr: 304428113Report ID: 1055350Open Date: 06/04/2001

Buren Sheet Metal Inc
3801 W Washington Ave
Yakima, WA 98909
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3554/Paper Industries Machinery

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:07/19/2001
Close Case:12/06/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral201190295   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $900
Current Penalty $900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 0247150301 11/08/2001 11/21/2001 $900 $900 $0 A - Amendment
  2. 02001 Other 0620541503 C 11/08/2001 11/21/2001 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170794457Event: 06/04/2001Employee Faints While Welding And Inhaling Argon Gas
Employee #1, a welder working for Buren Sheet Metal Incorporated, was using a Heliarc welder, which used Argon gas as a shielding gas, to weld 50 pieces of cylindrical shaped steel (pullies) pieces. He worked at his welding bench without a respirator or mechanical ventilation. He positioned himself with his face 4-to-6 inches away from the welding arc. He began welding at about 7:00 a.m. and initially felt dizzy and short of breath. He stopped welding briefly at about 9:30 a.m. Employee #1 then put on a dust mask and resumed welding in the same position. He briefly lost consciousness at about 11:00 a.m. He was taken to Providence Hospital where he was diagnosed with symptoms related to inhalation of a toxic asphyxiant airborne contaminants. He received respiratory therapy and was released.
Keywords: asphyxiated, welding, fainted, argon
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304428113 Non Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Occupation not reported

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