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Inspection: 311963649 - Ces Environmental Services, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 311963649Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 07/07/2009

Ces Environmental Services, Inc.
4904 Griggs Rd
Houston, TX 77021
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4959/Sanitary Services, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 562910/Remediation Services

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/04/2010
Close Case:05/12/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101933638    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 15 21
Current Violations 6 15 21
Initial Penalty $42,000 $1,050,000 $0 $0 $0 $1,092,000
Current Penalty $42,000 $1,050,000 $0 $0 $0 $1,092,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100146 D01 01/04/2010 01/19/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002 Serious 19100303 B01 01/04/2010 01/19/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 01003 Serious 19100303 B02 01/04/2010 01/14/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  4. 01004 Serious 19100304 G05 01/04/2010 01/19/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  5. 01005 Serious 19100307 D 01/04/2010 01/19/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  6. 01006 Serious 19100334 A02 I 01/04/2010 01/19/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  7. 02001 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  8. 02002 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  9. 02003 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  10. 02004 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  11. 02005 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  12. 02006 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  13. 02007 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  14. 02008 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  15. 02009 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  16. 02010 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  17. 02011 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  18. 02012 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  19. 02013 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  20. 02014 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision
  21. 02015 Willful 19100307 C 01/04/2010 02/22/2010 $70,000 $70,000 $0 01/20/2010 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201924891Event: 07/07/2009Employee Is Killed In Tank Explosion
At approximately 4:00 p.m. on July 7, 2009, Employee #1 and a coworker were preparing to water wash a tank trailer, LT-1276, which had contained high alcohol wastewater. The profile for this material indicated a flashpoint of less than 80 degrees F. There was approximately 20 to 200 gallons of heel, sludge, in the bottom of the tank trailer. The coworker was at the base of the tanker, near the reserve valve. Employee #1 was on a catwalk leading to the man way of the trailer. Employee #1 lowered a damaged work light into the tanker, designed as safe for use in Class I Division I areas. It had a disconnected ground and was missing the explosion-proof cable grip bushing, which allowed flammable vapors to enter the bulb enclosure. There was ignition of the vapor cloud, with a flash fire and explosion. Employee #1 was engulfed in flames, and either fell or was blown off the catwalk, approximately 11 ft. Employee #1 suffered third degree burns over most of his body and a blunt force trauma to his head. Employee #1 was killed.
Keywords: tank truck, confined space, flammable vapors, fire, tank cleaning, explosion, flashback, chemical vapor, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311963649 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Vehicle washers and equipment cleaners

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