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Inspection: 312979925 - Victaulic Company Of America

Inspection Information - Office: Allentown

Nr: 312979925Report ID: 0317900Open Date: 04/12/2010

Victaulic Company Of America
8023 Quarry Road
Alburtis, PA 18011
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3321/Gray and Ductile Iron Foundries
NAICS: 331511/Iron Foundries

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/27/2010
Close Case:02/17/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101322121    
 Referral201326089 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 2 1 1 4
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $25,000 $0 $0 $32,000
Current Penalty $14,000 $0 $8,333 $0 $0 $22,333
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100132 A 10/04/2010 10/19/2010 $7,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100023 C01 10/14/2010 10/14/2010 $7,000 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Repeat 19100023 C01 10/04/2010 10/07/2010 $8,333 $25,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 03001 Other 19100132 D01 I 10/04/2010 10/19/2010 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201321528Event: 04/12/2010Foundry Worker Is Burned By Molten Iron, Later Dies
On April 12, 2010, Employee #1 and Employee #2, who worked for a pipe joining company, were working on a deck as operators during a production process that uses two outpour furnaces to produce ductile iron pipe fitting components. Cooling water had been introduced into the iron, which resulted in over pressurization of the vessel. Over 9,000 lbs of molten iron was expelled from the vessel, a catastrophic expulsion. When the iron was expelled from the furnace, Employee #1 and Employee #2 sustained serious burns and required hospitalization. Employee #1 later died of her injuries at the hospital.
Keywords: burn, furnace, explosion venting, explosive mixing, iron worker, molten metal, foundry, accidental discharge, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312979925 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Furnace, kiln and oven operators

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