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25-Foot Fall Claims Pressure Washer

Friday, April 25, 2014

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A 26-year-old father of four has perished in a 25-foot fall while doing pressure-washing work at a plant in Texas.

The victim fell about noon Tuesday (April 22) while "performing routine cleaning activities" in the Specialty PVC Unit at Formosa Plastics Corp. USA, in Port Comfort, TX, the company said in a statement. The plant is about 110 miles southwest of Houston.

ChristopherAdame
Provided via KRIS-TV.com

Christopher Adame, 26, was a father of four children.

Formosa Emergency Response Team personnel responded immediately, but Christopher Adame, of Port Lavaca, TX, was pronounced dead at the scene without regaining consciousness.

A spokesman for Formosa Plastics said Thursday (April 24) that Adame was a contract employee, but he would not identify Adame's employer or provide any other information about the incident.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also reported Thursday that it had no "conclusive information" about Adame's employer. OSHA and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Department were investigating the incident.

The Sheriff's Department told the news outlet Crossroads Today that Adame had been pressure washing a storage bin when he fell. No information was available on whether Adame was wearing fall protection.

Formosa Plastics plant
Formosa Plastics Corp.

OSHA has cited Formosa Plastics' plant in Point Comfort, TX, on multiple occasions. Adame's employment status was still being verified Thursday.

KRIS-TV.com said Adame was a 2006 graduate of Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, TX.

About the Company

Formosa Plastics Corp. USA is a subsidiary of Taiwan-based Formosa Plastics Group, founded in 1954 and now a global supplier of petrochemicals and plastics. The company's New Jersey-based U.S. business began in 1978 and operates plants in Texas, Louisiana and Delaware.

The Point Comfort plant employs 1,800 employees and contractors, the company's web site says. The facility is in the process of a $2 billion expansion.

A check of OSHA records Thursday showed that Formosa's Texas plant has been inspected seven times since May 2010, with violations cited on four occasions. The plant was also the site of an accident in September 2013, the records say. No details are provided, but Formosa paid a $7,000 fine for one serious violation.

Formosa Plastics
Formosa Plastics Corp.

The Texas plant employs more than 1,800 people and produces caustics, chemcials and a variety of resins and plastics.

The record also shows four inspections between 2006 and 2012 at the company's plant in Delaware City, DE. They include an inspection in 2010 that resulted in citations for 20 serious violations and $104,500 in fines. The fines have tentatively been reduced to $67,925, but the violations remain as issued and the case is not closed.

OSHA also shows follow-up inspections in 2012, with 20 serious and repeat violations cited on one occasion and a total of $144,300 in fines.

   

Tagged categories: Fatalities; Maintenance programs; OSHA; Power washing; Tanks and vessels

Comment from Kenny Leonard, (4/25/2014, 6:17 AM)

Another sad loss to the industry and we probably all know why this young man fell. I was going to into a tirade about this but now is not the time.I feel for his Family's sad loss at this time RIP young man. No matter how much we discipline workers it is still happening.


Comment from Michael Deaton, (4/25/2014, 8:09 AM)

R.I.P. to another fallen brother. God be with his family and those 4 children. Falls are taking our brothers at an alarming rate. That split second changes everything....


Comment from Sam Maggio, (4/25/2014, 9:41 AM)

Let a robot do this work. Re-skill the human operators to drive these things with a playstation safely from the ground.


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