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Inspection: 311876650 - The Electric Materials Company

Inspection Information - Office: Erie

Nr: 311876650Report ID: 0336000Open Date: 04/09/2010

The Electric Materials Company
50 South Washington Street
North East, PA 16428
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3613/Switchgear and Switchboard Apparatus
NAICS: 335313/Switchgear and Switchboard Apparatus Manufacturing
Mailing: P.O. Box 390, North East, PA 16428

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/23/2010
Close Case:09/10/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral200387355 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $13,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,200
Current Penalty $10,560 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,560
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100037 B04 08/12/2010 09/10/2010 $1,600 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100120 Q02 I 08/12/2010 08/31/2010 $4,480 $5,600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100120 Q06 08/12/2010 08/31/2010 $4,480 $5,600 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200380996Event: 04/08/2010Employee Suffers Chemical Burns To Respiratory System
At approximately 6:00 a.m. on April 8, 2010, Employee #1 was transferring Bright-Dip Acid solution from a two-piece drum to a one-piece drum using an electric pump. A reaction occurred as the hazardous substance began to pour into the one-piece drum and the liquid began to spew from the drums creating an orange chemical cloud. Employee #1 asked the supervisor to unplug the pump to stop the release of the liquid. Then, Employee #1 attempted to contain and clean the hazardous substance, while a coworker opened a garage door to "air" out the chemical cloud. The chemical cloud traveled up the hallway to other departments in the building, exposing all employees to the hazardous substance release. An announcement was then made for all employees to evacuate the building. The local fire department and HAZMAT team were called to the site to help contain and clean the hazardous substance. A total of twenty employees were taken to local hospitals, St. Vincent Health Center and Hamot Hospital, for decontamination and observation. Employee #1 was working in the Plating Department was treated and held for approximately one week due to chemical burns to his respiratory system.
Keywords: respiratory, drum, electric pump, chemical burn, chemical reaction, chemical vapor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311876650 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Metal plating machine operators

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