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Inspection: 313029621 - Gatx Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 313029621Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 03/16/2010

Gatx Corporation
1421 Bravo Street
Camp Minden, LA 71058
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4741/Rental of Railroad Cars
NAICS: 488210/Support Activities for Rail Transportation
Mailing: 222 West Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60606

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/16/2010
Close Case:09/16/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100559582    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,000
Current Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100146 C05 IIC 05/06/2010 05/17/2010 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100146 K01 I 05/06/2010 05/17/2010 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200556025Event: 03/12/2010Employee Dies In Confined Space Due To Lack Of Oxygen
On March 12, 2010, Employee #1 and five coworkers were stenciling the exterior and visually verifying the interior of three railcars. The employee had equipped himself with a monitoring meter to perform internal railcar, confined space testing prior to entry. Employee #1 operated a truck crane to remove the manway covers that two coworkers had unbolted. After the lid was removed, Employee #1 dismounted the truck crane but left the monitoring meter. Employee #1 mounted and entered, to photograph, two subsequent railcars but did no preentry monitoring. On the third railcar, Employee #1 entered the railcar without conducting preentry atmospheric monitoring. Employee #1 was in the railcar, took several photos, then preceded to exit up the interior ladder but fell back into the railcar. Coworker #1 (hole watch) was preparing to enter the space but was told not to enter the railcar by the remaining coworkers. Coworker #1 yelled down to a crew member to bring him the monitoring meter. He placed the probe into the manway and immediately got a low oxygen alarm. The reading was between 5 and 7.3 oxygen. Employee #1 died in the confined space due to oxygen deprivation. The employee was equipped with a cartridge respirator.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, confined space, railroad car
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313029621 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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