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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 943092.015 - Medstar Health Washington Hospital Center

Inspection Information - Office: Baltimore

Nr: 943092.015Report ID: 0316100Open Date: 10/07/2013

Medstar Health Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving Street Nw
Washington, DC 20010
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 622110/General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
Mailing: 110 Irving Street Nw, Washington, DC 20010

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/01/2014
Close Case:05/16/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $11,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $11,250
Current Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $2,000 $0 $6,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100176 B 04/01/2014 04/25/2014 $4,000 $7,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 19101200 H03 II 04/01/2014 04/19/2014 $2,000 $4,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
Deleted 3. 02001 Other 19100022 B01 04/01/2014 04/25/2014 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 53210.015Event: 10/06/2013Employee Is Overcome By Freon Release And Is Killed
At 2:45 p.m. on October 6, 2013, Employee #1 was troubleshooting a problem with the Freon cooling system in the hospital auditorium. The employee proceeded to the mechanical room that housed the compressor associated with the Freon cooling system to check the control panel located on the wall above the oil separator. When Employee #1 walked into the area where the controls were held, he stepped on and caused a crack in a 0.125 inch copper Freon line. This caused a release of 150 to 200 pounds of Freon into the mechanical room. The employee bent down to examine the crack and was overcome by the Freon in the atmosphere and collapsed. Employee #1 was found several hours later by the coworker who was taking over his shift. Employee #1 was pronounced dead at the scene.
Keywords: oxygen deficiency, air conditioner, freon, gas leak, overexposure, chemical, asphyxiated
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 943092.015 Fatality Asphyxia Engineering technicians, n.e.c.

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