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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 314119504 - Mercy Medical Center

Inspection Information - Office: Iowa

Nr: 314119504Report ID: 0751910Open Date: 01/19/2010

Mercy Medical Center
910 N. Eisenhower Avenue, West Campus
Mason City, IA 50401
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8062/General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
NAICS: 622110/General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Mailing: 1000 4th Street S.W., Mason City, IA 50401

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/19/2010
Close Case:04/19/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $5,100 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,100
Current Penalty $3,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100132 F02 02/18/2010 04/06/2010 $1,100 $1,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100133 A01 02/18/2010 04/06/2010 $1,100 $1,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003A Serious 19101200 E01 II 02/18/2010 04/06/2010 $1,100 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003B Serious 19101200 H03 III 02/18/2010 04/06/2010 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200533255Event: 01/14/2010Employee Dies From Chemical Burns When Cleaning Spill
On January 14, 2010, Employee #1 was working in the laundry department of a hospital when a tank, containing sodium hydroxide began to leak onto the floor through a broken pipe located near its fill nozzle. 30 gallons of sodium hydroxide leaked from the tank. In an attempt to clean the spill with some nearby towels, Employee #1 received burns to his face and both arms. After attempting to clean up the leak, Employee #1 was found by two coworkers sitting on a little bench in the men's locker room. Employee #1 was initially conscience and talking to the coworkers; however, he then suddenly stopped breathing. The coworkers immediately laid Employee #1 on the floor and began CPR. Emergency services were contacted, and upon arrival on the scene of the accident, Employee #1 was pronounced dead.
Keywords: ppe, cleaning, inhalation, hazardous waste, manual mat handling, chemical burn, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314119504 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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