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Inspection: 309291904 - G.S. Robins & Company D.B.A. Ro-Corp, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Fairview Heights

Nr: 309291904Report ID: 0524530Open Date: 09/04/2008

G.S. Robins & Company D.B.A. Ro-Corp, Inc.
643 N. 20th
East St Louis, IL 62205
Union Status: Union
SIC: 5169/Chemicals and Allied Products, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 424690/Other Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 126 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63102

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:02/17/2009
Emphasis: N:Dustexpl, S:Noise, S:Powered Ind VehicleClose Case:07/29/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100842160    
 Referral200843647   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 16 22 1 1 40
Current Violations 21 10 1 1 33
Initial Penalty $38,400 $1,232,000 $6,000 $600 $0 $1,277,000
Current Penalty $133,400 $560,000 $6,000 $600 $0 $700,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100023 C03 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100119 D 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100119 E01 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100119 F01 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100119 G01 I 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Serious 19100132 D01 02/25/2009 03/09/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007A Serious 19100134 D01 III 02/25/2009 04/13/2009 $4,200 $4,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01007B Serious 19101000 A02 02/25/2009 04/13/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 01007C Serious 19101000 E 02/25/2009 04/13/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 01008 Serious 19100134 E01 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 01009 Serious 19100134 K03 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  12. 01010 Serious 19100176 A 02/25/2009 04/13/2009 $1,200 $1,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 01011 Serious 19100178 F02 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $1,200 $1,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  14. 01012A Serious 19100219 D01 02/25/2009 03/09/2009 $1,200 $1,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  15. 01012B Serious 19100219 E01 I 02/25/2009 03/09/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  16. 01012C Serious 19100219 E03 I 02/25/2009 03/09/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  17. 01013 Serious 19100303 B07 IV 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $1,200 $1,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  18. 01014 Serious 19100305 B01 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $1,200 $1,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  19. 01015 Serious 19100305 G02 III 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $1,200 $1,200 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  20. 01016 Serious 19101200 E01 II 02/25/2009 03/23/2009 $3,000 $3,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  21. 02001 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 22. 02002 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  23. 02003 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  24. 02004 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  25. 02005 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  26. 02006 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  27. 02007 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  28. 02008 Willful 19100132 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  29. 02009A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  30. 02009B Willful 19101200 H01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 31. 02010A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 32. 02010B Willful 19101200 H01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 33. 02011A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 34. 02011B Willful 19101200 H01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 35. 02012A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 36. 02012B Willful 19101200 H01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  37. 02013A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $56,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  38. 02013B Willful 19101200 H03 III 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 39. 02014A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 40. 02014B Willful 19101200 H03 III 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 41. 02015A Willful 19100132 F01 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 42. 02015B Willful 19101200 H03 III 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  43. 02016 Serious 19100134 F02 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $19,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  44. 02017 Serious 19100134 F02 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $19,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  45. 02018 Serious 19100134 F02 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $19,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  46. 02019 Serious 19100134 F02 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $19,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  47. 02020 Serious 19100134 F02 02/25/2009 03/16/2009 $19,000 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 48. 02021 Willful 19100138 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $0 $56,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  49. 02022A Willful 19100132 A 04/29/2010 05/11/2010 $56,000 $56,000 $0 -
  50. 02022B Willful 19100138 A 04/29/2010 05/11/2010 $0 $0 $0 -
  51. 03001 Repeat 19100151 C 02/25/2009 03/23/2009 $6,000 $6,000 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  52. 04001 Other 19040039 A 02/25/2009 03/03/2009 $600 $600 $0 03/12/2009 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200841690Event: 08/30/2008Eight Employees Were Sickened By Paranitroaniline Exposure
At approximately 11:00 a.m. on August 30, 2008, eight employees were working at a warehouse facility, where chemicals were stored for customers, mixing operations were conducted, and dry chemicals were repackaged. Five of the employees were employed by the facility. Two of the employees were not employed by the company or another contractor. The employment status of the eighth employee was not stated. The employees were transferring a dry paranitroaniline powder from 55-gallon drums to six-foot-tall supersacks that could hold 3,000 pounds of material. Three forklifts were used to transfer the paranitroaniline. One forklift, with a drum tilter attachment, was used to lift the drum. Another forklift was used to raise a supersack acting as a funnel. A third forklift held a second supersack that was placed below the raised supersack, to catch the paranitroaniline dumped into the raised supersack. Employees staged the drums and removed the lids. As the forklift lifted the drum, an employee pulled the chain on the drum tilter, allowing the material to fall into the funnel sack. All of the employees in the area shared the different job tasks for the transfer of the paranitroaniline. Nine drums were used to fill a supersack with 2,700 pounds of paranitroaniline. Because of height clearance requirements, the transfer operation was being conducted off of a loading dock, outside of the building. During transfer of the material, one of the drums on the drum tilter fell into the funnel sack, creating a large dust cloud of paranitroaniline. The employees were not properly protected from the skin and respiratory hazards of paranitroaniline. Within hours of performing the transfer, all employees were becoming ill, and they drove themselves to different hospitals in the St. Louis area. All eight employees were cyanotic and had symptoms of methemoglobinemia, a condition that reduced the blood's ability to transport oxygen. All eight employees were hospitalized.
Keywords: ppe, warehouse, drum, toxic atmosphere, industrial truck, air contamination, spill, poisoning, powder, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
2 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
3 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
4 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
5 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
6 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
7 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec
8 309291904 Hospitalized injury Poisoning(Systemic) Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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