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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 843823.015 - Ferrellgas, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Savannah

Nr: 843823.015Report ID: 0418400Open Date: 06/12/2013

Ferrellgas, Inc.
3751 Highway 32 West
Douglas, GA 31533
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 454312/Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Bottled Gas) Dealers
Mailing: 1 Liberty Plazamail Drop 35, Liberty, MO 64068

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/29/2013
Emphasis: L:OhpwrlneClose Case:08/27/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral848727 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $22,415 $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,415
Current Penalty $13,450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,450
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100110 B10 IX 12/06/2013 03/03/2014 $4,485 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100110 B16 12/06/2013 03/03/2014 $4,483 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100133 A01 12/06/2013 03/03/2014 $4,482 $3,740 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 19100332 B01 12/06/2013 12/31/2013 $0 $4,675 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 51727.015Event: 06/23/2013One Employee Is Killed And Two Are Injured In Explosion.
At 5:33 p.m. on June 23, 2013, Employee #1, Employee #2, and Employee #3 were pumping liquid propane gas from a 250 gallon tank to a bobtail using a gasoline powered Krug Vapor Compressor. The 250 gallon tank was inverted and suspended from the service truck boom so that the valve and filter could be used to pump the vapor in to the tank and push liquid out of the tanks bottom to the bobtail. The pressure relief valve vented shortly after the pumping started and caused liquid to be released from the tank. The liquid changed into vapor and exploded when contacting an ignition source. Employee #1 was killed as a result of the explosion and Employee #2 was hospitalized with burns on multiple parts of their body. Employee #3 was treated and released on the same day for a sprained finger and fractured heel bone that occurred when Employee #3 jumped a fence to escape the explosion and fire.
Keywords: propane, material handling, lp gas, hand, finger, explosion venting, explosion, burn, accidental discharge, vapor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 843823.015 Non Hospitalized injury Strain/Sprain
2 843823.015 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat)
3 843823.015 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat)

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