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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 315763888 - Ws Packaging Group, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Erie

Nr: 315763888Report ID: 0336000Open Date: 10/06/2011

Ws Packaging Group, Inc.
1642 Debence Drive
Franklin, PA 16323
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2759/Commercial Printing, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 323112/Commercial Flexographic Printing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:03/30/2012
Planning Guide: Health-Manufacturing Close Case:05/25/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100380898    
 Referral200387751   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $8,000
Current Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19101200 H03 III 04/03/2012 05/08/2012 $5,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101200 H03 II 04/03/2012 05/08/2012 $0 $0 $0 -
Deleted 3. 02001 Other 19040029 B01 04/03/2012 05/08/2012 $0 $1,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200381192Event: 11/03/2011Cleaning Solvent Fire Kills One And Burns Another
On October 5, 2011, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were working as mixing and blending machine operators for WS Packaging Group, Inc. Employee #1 was helping an ink technician, Employee #2. He had finished mixing a batch of color and begun to clean the mixer head. The mixing machine that Employee #1 was about to clean was 6 inches (0.15 meters, or 150 millimeters) from a UV light curing unit. Following standard procedure, Employee #1 filled a 5-gallon (18.9 liter) bucket with Nova SP120 Pressroom Products Glaze Remover cleaning solvent. He lowered the mixing head into the bucket and started the mixer. He turned around and walked to the other end of a worktable. Employee #2, the regular ink technician, was working at another table on the opposite side of the mixer from Employee #1. Employee #2 heard a splashing sound coming from the mixer. He turned around to find Employee #1 already at the mixer, attempting to shut down the machine. At that time, Employee #2 observed flames coming across the table from the UV unit. The flames reached the bucket of solvent. It ignited, causing an explosion. Employee #2 ran away from the fire ball, but his left sleeve, pant leg, and backside caught on fire. Witnesses helped Employee #2 extinguish his burning clothing. Employee #2 and the witnesses started for the emergency exit door when they observed Employee #1 engulfed in flames. Attempts to suppress the flames failed due to the splashing of the solvent during the explosion. One of the witnesses used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire. He then escorted Employee #1 out of the building. When police, fire, and ambulance crews arrived at the facility, the sprinkler system had extinguished the fire. Employee #2 suffered second- and first-degree burns to his left arm, leg, and back. He was treated at UPMC Northwest in Seneca, PA and released. Employee #1 was airlifted to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, where he died on November 3, 2011, as a result of his burns.
Keywords: burn, printing press, emergency response, flammable liquid, flammable vapors, printing, cleaning, cleaning fluid, arm, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315763888 Non Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Mixing and blending machine operators

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