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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310518063 - Aquatic Commercial Solutions

Inspection Information - Office: Albany

Nr: 310518063Report ID: 0213100Open Date: 01/10/2007

Aquatic Commercial Solutions
529 Cascade Road
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1799/Special Trade Contractors, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 238990/All Other Specialty Trade Contractors
Mailing: Po Box 428, 523 S. Main Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/13/2007
Close Case:11/14/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $2,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,100
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $1,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100134 D01 III 04/13/2007 04/18/2007 $500 $1,050 $0 05/11/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002A Other 19101200 E01 04/13/2007 05/16/2007 $500 $1,050 $0 05/11/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002B Other 19101200 H 04/13/2007 05/16/2007 $0 $0 $0 05/11/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200742179Event: 01/09/2007Five Workers Are Hospitalized After Inhaling Solvent Vapors
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on January 9, 2007, Aquatic Commercial Solutions' Employees #1 through #4 and their subcontractor, a 'sole proprietorship' (Tom Perkins Pool Service) were working in the pool/spa area of a newly constructed Marriott Hotel in Lake Placid, New York. Employees #1 to #4 were cleaning up and loading their vehicles so that they could work at another location. At the same time, a painter (Employee #5) from Ashley Construction Services, commenced spraying a water-repellent, silicone coating SurBlok SO, this contained VOCs. The coating included Stoddard Solvent (60 percent to 80 percent), and was sprayed on the stone facade of a shallow pool and the two connecting spas. He completed the application (two coats) at approximately 9:00 a.m. Shortly after the SurBlok SO coating was applied, all six workers experienced symptoms including severe respiratory system irritation, nausea, and vomiting. They all required emergency medical treatment. Employees were hospitalized for three days. They were diagnosed with hydrocarbon (or chemical) pneumonitis. Employees #1 through #4 wore no respiratory protection. Employee #5 wore respiratory protection, but did not have a satisfactory face seal because he had a beard of approximately a half-inch of facial hair.
Keywords: toxic atmosphere, inhalation, overexposure, painter, respirator, construction, nausea, pool, chemical vapor, vomit
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
2 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
3 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices
4 310518063 Hospitalized injury Other Plumber, pipefitter and steamfiter apprentices

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