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Inspection: 941658 - Penobscot Bay Towing Company

Inspection Information - Office: Augusta

Nr: 941658Report ID: 0111100Open Date: 04/11/1985

Penobscot Bay Towing Company
Marshall Wharf
Belfast, ME 04915
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4492/Towing and Tugboat Services
Mailing: Marshall Wharf, Belfast, ME 04915

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:09/30/1985
Close Case:10/06/1986

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360519250    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $2,600 $0 $0 $100 $0 $2,700
Current Penalty $1,700 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19150012 C01 09/30/1985 10/03/1985 $650 $900 $0 10/22/1985 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19150152 B03 09/30/1985 10/03/1985 $400 $800 $0 10/22/1985 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19150152 B03 09/30/1985 10/03/1985 $0 $0 $0 10/22/1985 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19150152 B04 09/30/1985 10/15/1985 $650 $900 $0 10/22/1985 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 02001 Other 19030002 A01 09/30/1985 10/03/1985 $0 $100 $0 10/22/1985 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14477822Event: 04/11/1985Employees Entered Barge Hold Which Was Oxygen Deficient
FIVE PEOPLE ENTERED THE HOLD OF A SURFACE STORAGE BARGE IN WHICH THE ATMOSPHERE COTAINED APPROXIMATELY 10% OXYGEN. THE FIRST PERSON TO ENTER (EMPLOYEE #3) DID SO FOR UNKNOWN REASONS. THE OTHER EMPLOYEES WHO ENTERED THE SPACE DID SO IN AN EFFORT TO RESCUE EMPLOYEE #3. EMPLOYEE #3 SURVIVED WHILE EMPLOYEES #2 AND #3 DIED. THE TWO CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEES WHO ENTERED WERE ABLE TO SELF RESCUE. APPROXIMATELY 28 HOURS AFTER THE EVENT THE FOLLOWING ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WERE DETECTED IN THE HOLD: OXYGEN - 10% (12% AFTER THE HOLD HAD BEEN OPEN FOR 45 MINUTES), CARBON DIOXIDE - 0.12%, COMBUSTIBLE GASES - 3% OF LEL (SUBSTANCE UNIDENTIFIED) AND CARBON MONOXIDE - 300 PPM. THE OXYGEN DEFICIENCY APPARENTLY RESULTED FROM SURFACE OXIDATION OF THE STEEL STRUCTURE. THE CARBON MONOXIDE APPARENTLY WAS GENERATED BY THE OXY-ACETYLENE TORCH TORCH USED TO BURN OFF THE HATCH COVER. THE OXYGEN LEVELS DETECTED ARE BELIEVED TO BE SOMEWHAT HIGHER THAN THSE ON THE DAY OF THE ACCIDENT BECAUSE THE EMPLOYER LATER TRIED TO OXYGENATE THE SPACE USING THE OXYGEN LINES FROM THE OXY-ACETYLENE TORCH.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, respiratory, barge, asphyxiated, confined space, work rules, air monitoring
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 941658 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 941658 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 941658 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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