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Inspection: 3199452 - Harrison Contractors

Inspection Information - Office: South Carolina Priv

Nr: 3199452Report ID: 0454510Open Date: 07/17/1986

Harrison Contractors
Rabon Creek Pump Station
Laurens, SC 29360
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1721/Painting and Paper Hanging

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/14/1986
Planning Guide: Health-Construction Close Case:04/12/1988

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360110845    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $800
Current Penalty $400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260021 B06 I 08/28/1986 08/31/1986 $400 $400 $0 09/18/1986 R - Review Commission
Deleted 2. 01002A Serious 19260055 A 08/28/1986 08/31/1986 $400 $400 $0 09/18/1986 R - Review Commission
Deleted 3. 01002B Serious 19260055 B 08/28/1986 08/31/1986 $0 $0 $0 09/18/1986 R - Review Commission

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14215842Event: 07/16/1986Employees Exposed To Methylene Chloride In Confined Space
EMPLOYEE #1, ALONG WITH OTHERS, WAS REMOVING PAINT OVERSPRAY FROM THE FLOOR OF A PUMPING PIT. A PAINT STRIPPER CONTAINING 66 PERCENT METHYLENE CHLORIDE, AND SMALLER PERCENTAGES OF TOLUENE, METHYL ETHYL KETONE, ACETONE AND METHANOL WAS BEING USED. THE FLOOR WAS 35 FEET BELOW THE GROUND IN A 35 BY 24 FOOT PIT WITH AN ENCLOSED BUILDING ABOVE IT. NO MECHANICAL VENTILATION WAS PROVIDED. A STRONG BUILDUP OF FUMES CAUSED THE WORKERS TO EVACUATE. EMPLOYEE #1 RETURNED TO THE PIT. HE WAS OVERCOME BY THE FUMES AND WAS KILLED. EMPLOYEE #2, AN EMERGENCY MEDICAL EMPLOYEE, ATTEMPTED TO RESCUE EMPLOYEE #1. HE WAS HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF HIS EXPOSURE TO THE FUMES. THIS EVENT WAS CAUSED BY IMPROPER ENTRY INTO A CONFINED SPACE CONTAINING HAZARDOUS LEVELS OF METHYLENE CHLORIDE.
Keywords: respiratory, toxic fumes, ventilation, methylene chloride, work rules, inhalation, confined space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 3199452 Fatality Asphyxia Painters, construction and maintenance

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