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Inspection: 1171510.015 - Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Bakersfield District Office


Inspection Nr: 1171510.015
Report ID: 0950647
Open Date: 08/18/2016

Site Address:
Wm. Bolthouse Farms, Inc.
7200 E. Brundage Lane
Bakersfield, CA 93307

Mailing Address:
7200 E. Brundage Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 111219/Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 02/15/2017


Close Case:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1126457
Inspection 1171525 Yes
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $33,300 $0 $36,000 $0 $0 $69,300
Current Penalty $33,300 $0 $36,000 $0 $0 $69,300
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 3314(H)(2)(B) 02/15/2017 02/28/2017 $15,300 $15,300 $0 05/11/2017 C - Contested  
2. 02001 Serious 3942(A) 02/15/2017 02/28/2017 $18,000 $18,000 $0 05/11/2017 C - Contested  
3. 03001 Repeat 3314(C) 02/15/2017 02/28/2017 $36,000 $36,000 $0 05/11/2017 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 87915.015
Event: 08/17/2016
Employee Is Killed When Caught By Rollers In Machine

At 10:00 p.m. on August 17, 2016, Employee #1, a sanitation worker, was assigned to clean the Leaf Eliminator North Roller #7, Equipment Identification Number 8 02006, in the North Plant of a In feed/Wash out area, MCC #80. Employee #2, a co worker, was assigned as a shuttle driver to roam the MCC #80 area to ensure that the equipment was in operation. Carrots were brought in on trailers from the fi elds and dumped onto conveyors and then taken to the MCC #80 area. The carrots t hen traveled over the leaf eliminator rollers to separate debris and leaves from the carrots. At approximately 10:45 p.m., Employee #2 checked the Leaf Elimina tor North Roller #7, but did not see Employee #1 working near the machine. At 1 1:00 p.m., Employee #2 made another round to check the area. From 15 feet away, Employee #2 observed Employee #1 on a platform on the north side of the machine, with both of his hands inside of the machine and was kicking his feet. As he ap proached the machine, it was still running, but Employee #1 was now unresponsive . Carrots were still running through the equipment. Employee #2 turned the mach ine off and radioed for help. The opening that Employee #1 reached into was 29 i nches from the platform that he was standing on. The opening was 10 inches wide by 62 inches long. The bottom half of the first roller was exposed by the openi ng. The first roller was one inch inside of the opening. The second roller was f ive inches from the opening. Each roller was three inches in diameter. The first roller turned upward between the second and third roller. The second roller was removed to free Employee #1 from the machine. The in-running nip point was loca ted seven inches from the opening. The opening had a guard but it was hanging on hinges above it. (The equipment will not turn off if the guard is opened.) Empl oyee #1 was wearing a rain jacket and rain pants, rubber gloves, safety glasses and rubber boots. The employee was crushed and killed by the machine.

Keywords:agriculture, agriculture machinery/vehicle, arm, caught in, conveyor, crushed, lockout/tagout, roller--mach/part, unguarded live parts

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1171510.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction
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