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When they say it can never happen... Worker Dies From ingesting acid while he was on a rest break (OSHA Case #201156049)
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on October 3, 2002, an employee who worked for a company that provided vehicle maintenance such as car washes, detailing, fueling, and lube and oil servicing, inadvertently drank acid from a plastic spray bottle while he was on a rest break. The employee, feeling very ill after ingesting the contents of the quart bottle, asked his coworkers to transport him to the hospital. He was taken to San Antonio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:49 a.m. from internal injuries. Laboratory analysis indicated that the acid solution in the plastic bottle contained hydrofluoric acid and phosphoric acid with a pH of less than one.
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On April 15, 2014, Employee #1, a maintenance technician employed by Solarworld Industries America Inc., and Coworker #1, a tool operator in the plant's fabrication area, were working at the employer's solar cell manufacturing facility. Coworker #1 had submitted a work order to repair a leak of liquid hydrofluoric acid (HF). HF is used in the manufacture of solar cells in a process similar to that for making semiconductor wafers.
Back in March 2016, the Incident Alerts reported an incident at a refinery where workers were overcome while wearing air-line respirators. The facility, media, and OSHA were silent on details, but now OSHA has posted their accident summary:
At approximately 8:45 a.m. on March 2, 2016, Employee #1 and Employee #2 were removing bolts from a pump preparing it for removal. They donned airline respirators which were attached to a cylinder cascade system via a spider manifold and regulator to conduct the next task. The cylinder cascade system to which the masks were attached was argon and not grade D breathing air and both employees went down due to asphyxiation. Employee #1 died and Employee #2 was hospitalized with traumatic brain injury.
Incident Alert Info
FATALITIES 2 CONTRACTORS INJURED AT PORT ALLEN REFINERY (two contractors at a refinery were taken to a hospital after they were injured while working near storage tanks - workers were injured while doing work that required them to use fresh air supplies, which are provided by the refinery, - workers may have been exposed to gas - no substances leaked from the tanks or nearby facilities - investigation is looking into whether the safety equipment the contractors had "was properly used”)
On February 2, 2011, Employees #1 and #2 were working for a petroleum and petroleum product company. Employee #1 was on top of a transport tanker into which the vice-president of the firm was transferring #1 diesel fuel, mixing it with about 1,000 gallons (3,785 liters) of #2 diesel fuel. Employee #2 was on the ground. After "splash filling" the center tank with about 300 gallons (1,136 liters) of #1 diesel fuel, the firm's vice-president attempted to transfer the remainder of the #1 diesel to the truck's front tank. He was going to do this task through "switch loading."
When they say it can never happen... Worker Dies From Burns After Spark Ignites Cigarette Lighter (OSHA Case #202638235)
On March 28, 2014, Employee #1, working at a construction company's job site, was engaged in exterior carpentry. He was using a cutting torch. A spark from the torch fell into the worker's front pocket. The worker had a butane lighter in his pocket. The spark caused the lighter to explode, and the worker sustained severe burns. Emergency services were called. Either at the job site or subsequently at the hospital, the worker died from his burns. This fatality was investigated by Indiana OSHA. The investigation determined that there was no employer/employee relationship between the fatally injured worker and the construction company.
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At 3:11 p.m. on August 26, 2015, Employee #1, who had worked with the company for three months as a forklift operator/ repacking, was working alone in the repacking area making a transfer of flammable liquid acetone from an elevated 793-gallon stainless steel intermediate bulk container (tote) to a 350-gallon stainless steel tote on the ground. In order to make the transfer, Employee #1 elevated the 793-gallon tote with a forklift. The main valve connected directly to the tote was open, and the valve connected to the transfer hose was closed.
OSHA promulgated the LOTO standard in 1989, nearly 30 years ago and yet... This is the "classic failure" that brought about the LOTO standard - employee kills employee - so when your employees say it never happens, you can provide this.
At 11:57 a.m. on December 27, 2016, an employee was performing a salt flush on the line four 2,500 lb. double ribbon mixer. The employee entered the mixer after he dropped an 80 lb. bag of salt. After entering the mixer, his coworker placed another bag of salt onto the area of the mixer that had the limit switches that indicated that the mixer lids were closed. Because the machine operated via only the emergency stop button, the machine began to operate with the employee trapped inside, killing him. The employee was killed from trauma to the chest.
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Anyone who has been through an in-depth PSM/RMP audit realizes that a single finding can have far reaching impacts as well as causes. This means that the finding may need more than “fixing”; it may need to be investigated. What do I mean? Here is a great example…
This month is National Electric Safety Month and sadly I could post a new "electrical shocker" picture every hour of this month and not run out of original material! But I think I will focus on the "invisible" this month. How many disconnects/panels have we walked by never knowing whats behind the door?
May is National Electric Safety Month - so you can guys what my videos of the week and pictures of the week will entail.