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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304482235 - River Recycling, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland

Nr: 304482235Report ID: 0522300Open Date: 09/25/2001

River Recycling, Inc.
4195 Bradley Road
Cleveland, OH 44109
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3341/Secondary Smelting and Refining of Nonferrous Metals

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/19/2002
Close Case:04/24/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
Current Penalty $1,875 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,875
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/19/2002 04/21/2002 $1,875 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200101251Event: 09/24/2001Employee Killed When Furnace Explodes
On September 24, 2001, Employee #1 of River Recycling, Inc. was involved in charging the rocker furnace with scrap materials to produce red brass CDA 836. The furnace was cooling from the previous pour, and the gas burner was turned off and disconnected from the furnace. After adding the last load of material, which included oily Babbitt and flux, which consisted of sodium nitrate and borax, employees from River Recycling, Inc. reported seeing a brief flame, large amounts of smoke, sparks, and then the explosion. The force of the explosion damaged the furnace and caused structural damage to the building. Employee #1 was thrown by the blast to the back of the room, and was found by emergency personnel under a collapsed wall. Employee #1 died from the injuries sustained in the blast and the collapsing wall. Some of the Babbitt used during the shift, but not used before the explosion was contaminated with aluminum. The explosion may have been caused by combining incompatible materials, including but not limited to organic oil, aluminum, and sodium nitrate.
Keywords: burn, furnace, wall, pouring, collapse, blast furnace, gas, explosion, smoke, flying object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304482235 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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