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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 304836315 - Ipsco Steel Alabama, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Mobile

Nr: 304836315Report ID: 0418600Open Date: 01/26/2002

Ipsco Steel Alabama, Inc.
12400 Hwy 43
Axis, AL 36505
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3312/Steel Works, Blast Furnaces (Including Coke Ovens), and Rolling Mills
NAICS: 331221/Rolled Steel Shape Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/05/2002
Close Case:05/28/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100451558    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $16,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $16,500
Current Penalty $11,550 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,550
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100023 A02 04/12/2002 04/22/2002 $1,750 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100179 N03 I 04/12/2002 04/18/2002 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100184 C09 04/12/2002 04/18/2002 $4,900 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200451193Event: 01/26/2002Employee Killed When Struck By Falling Load
On January 26, 2002, Employee #1 was lifting four polypropylene Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers, each containing 4,500 pounds of Ladle Desulphurizer. These bags were being lifted with a four part chain sling, on a 10-ton auxiliary hoist, that was part of a 225-ton overhead bridge crane. Each container was equipped on each of its top four corners with looped straps for lifting. Each of the four bags was hooked to the four part chain sling with only two of the four straps provided. Employee #1 was under the load apparently removing the pallets that were used to transport the containers when the straps on one of the bags broke. A container which had been lifted approximately 20 feet high fell, striking Employee #1, and killing him.
Keywords: chain, suspended load, overhead crane, pallet, struck by, containerized cargo, sling, falling object, crane
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304836315 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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