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Inspection: 312146269 - Florida Transportation Services Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ft. Lauderdale

Nr: 312146269Report ID: 0418800Open Date: 05/20/2008

Florida Transportation Services Inc.
Port Everglades
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4412/Deep Sea Foreign Transportation of Freight
NAICS: 483111/Deep Sea Freight Transportation
Mailing: Po Box 22696, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33335

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:11/07/2008
Close Case:06/15/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100680636    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 1 5
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $27,300 $63,000 $0 $0 $0 $90,300
Current Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Serious 19180093 D 11/07/2008 11/20/2008 $7,000 $7,000 $0 12/01/2008 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 2. 01002 Serious 19180099 A 11/07/2008 11/13/2008 $7,000 $7,000 $0 12/01/2008 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19180100 C 11/07/2008 11/20/2008 $7,000 $7,000 $0 12/01/2008 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 19180100 D 11/07/2008 11/20/2008 $6,300 $6,300 $0 12/01/2008 J - ALJ Decision
  5. 02001 Serious 5A0001 11/07/2008 11/28/2008 $6,300 $63,000 $0 12/01/2008 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200677334Event: 05/20/2008Three Employees Are Asphyxiated From Argon In Cargo Hold
At approximately 2:15 a.m. on May 20, 2008, Employee #1, the supervisor, climbed down into the cargo hold of Bay 1 to verify a leak from a previously loaded argon tank. After approximately 15 minutes, the Port Captain observed that he was unconscious and requested that the cargo on top of the tank be removed in order to reach him. Employee #2 went into cargo hold to attempt a rescue of Employee #1, but gas immediately asphyxiated him. Employee #3 observed Employees #2 was suffocating and climbed down into the cargo hold to rescue him. The argon gas asphyxiated all employees.
Keywords: unconsciousness, asphyxiated, confined space, gas, containerized cargo, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312146269 Fatality Asphyxia Stevedores
2 312146269 Fatality Asphyxia Stevedores
3 312146269 Fatality Asphyxia Stevedores

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