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Inspection: 310715214 - Service Specialists, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Philadelphia

Nr: 310715214Report ID: 0317000Open Date: 03/13/2007

Service Specialists, Inc.
Friendly'S Restaurant #776; 11291 Roosevelt Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7623/Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Service and Repair Shops
NAICS: 811310/Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
Mailing: 101 Chestnut Street, Williamstown, NJ 08094

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/19/2007
Close Case:06/29/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $2,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,100
Current Penalty $1,365 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,365
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100101 B 06/04/2007 06/17/2007 $683 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19101200 E01 06/04/2007 06/17/2007 $682 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19101200 G01 06/04/2007 06/17/2007 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002C Serious 19101200 H01 06/04/2007 06/17/2007 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02001 Other 19100132 D02 06/04/2007 06/17/2007 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02002 Other 19100132 F01 I 06/04/2007 06/17/2007 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202004925Event: 03/13/2007Employee Is Killed When Refrigeration System Explodes
On March 13, 2007, Employee #1 was working for a firm that, as a subcontractor, performed maintenance on commercial food service equipment. He was in the kitchen area of a single-story restaurant, attempting to locate the source of a refrigerant leak in an ice cream storage dipping cabinet. Employee #1 connected a cylinder containing pressurized nitrogen to the dipping cabinet's refrigeration system via a hose without using a pressure reducing device, such as a pressure regulator or pressure relief valve. The cylinder's internal pressure of approximately 2,200 psig was considerably in excess of the dipping cabinet's maximum test pressure of approximately 150 psig. This disparity overpressurized the dipping cabinet's refrigeration system and caused it to explode. The upper part of the compressor broke off and struck Employee #1 in the head, killing him.
Keywords: head, maintenance, nitrogen, refrigerant, explosion, high pressure, struck by, refrigerator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310715214 Fatality Cut/Laceration Specified mechanics and repairers

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