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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 962731.015 - Custom Carpet

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport

Nr: 962731.015Report ID: 0111500Open Date: 03/12/2014

Custom Carpet
10c Stack Stnull
Middletown, CT 06457
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 442210/Floor Covering Stores
Mailing: 10c Stack Stnull, Middletown, CT 06457

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:03/13/2014
Emphasis: L:ForkliftClose Case:11/02/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral876532   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $12,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,400
Current Penalty $7,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19101000 A02 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $2,800 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19101000 E 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19100037 A03 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $1,000 $1,600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003A Serious 19100178 A04 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $2,000 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01003B Serious 19100178 A05 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $0 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01003C Serious 19100178 P01 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $0 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01005 Serious 19100178 L01 I 05/21/2014 06/03/2014 $2,000 $2,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 59249.015Event: 03/11/2014Employee Is Killed From Exposure To Carbon Monoxide
At 3:40 p.m. on March 11, 2014, an employee was operating a converted (from G) p ropane powered industrial truck in a closed warehouse. The office space was 434 square feet with 9 foot ceilings, with an entry door on the south side of the bu ilding. The warehouse was 1,085 square feet with 14 foot ceilings, with a 434 sq uare foot storage space above the office space. A combined warehouse/storage tot aled approx. 17,360 cubic feet and the office was approximately 3,906 cubic feet . The office and warehouse had one interior door between them. The warehouse had one bay door and an emergency exit door to the north side of the building. The building had one flue at the radiant-heat, natural gas boiler, and the heater wa s located within four feet of the ceiling in the northwest corner. Carbon Monoxi de (CO) measurements from the boiler, taken by the fire department and CSHO, ran ged from 0 to 10 ppm following complete ventilation of the space and subsequent firing of the boiler. The building did not have any other ventilation system. T he owner had owned the Towmotor industrial truck for approximately 40 years and it had 2,900 hours on the tachometer. The employee arrived at work at 8:33 a.m. according to video of the exterior of the building. The employee moved a van fr om the warehouse at 9:50 a.m., and closed the bay door. The space would not have allowed movement of the forktruck without removal of the van. A co-worker estim ated the employee used the Towmotor for approximately one hour, between 9:50 a.m . and 11:50 a.m. Although the co-worker was gone from the building during some o f this time. According to the video, the exterior doors remained closed during t his time. Between 11:23 a.m. and 11:32 a.m. the Towmotor was off, and the employ ee was conscious and spoke to the co-worker and a carpet installer. The co-worke r said the employee acted normal, and then the installer said the employee seeme d to take a long time to convey his thoughts. At 11:50 a.m., the co-worker used the bathroom in the warehouse and did not see the employee. He said he thought t he employee had gone home. Video of the exterior of the building confirms the em ployee did not leave the building. The co-worker said upon returning to the offi ce he suddenly felt nauseated, warm and confused. He telephoned his wife for a r ide, but left a message that he would either go to the emergency room or go home . He was 83, and said he recently recovered from bronchitis. He left in his own vehicle at 12:06 p.m. The co-worker said he looked in the warehouse prior to lea ving and did not see the employee. He assumed the employee had left the building using the rear exit. The co-worker said he drove home, approximately 30 minutes , with the car windows open despite it being about 40 degrees F. He telephoned h is doctor but gradually felt better over the afternoon and he did not see his do ctor until March 14, 2014. A delivery driver opened the bay door at 2:49 p.m. an d closed it at 3:15 p.m. The delivery driver then went to the bathroom where he found the employee collapsed on the floor. The emergency medical services (EMS) and fire department arrived at 3:28 p.m. and opened the bay door at 3:31 p.m. Th e EMS responders had a reading of 100 ppm CO inside the building when they remov ed the employee from the bathroom. The employee was dead from acute carbon monox ide intoxication.
Keywords: asphyxiated, carbon monoxide, inhalation, lp gas, powered industrial vehicle
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 962731.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction

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