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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1486412.015 - Pleasant View Farms Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Hartford


Inspection Nr: 1486412.015
Report ID: 0112000
Open Date: 08/03/2020

Site Address:
Pleasant View Farms Inc
452 South Road
Somers, CT 06071

Mailing Address:
452 South Road, Somers, CT 06071

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 111940/Hay Farming

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/03/2020


Close Case:07/21/2021

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1636187
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $10,922 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,922
Current Penalty $7,650 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,650
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 19280057 A06 01/28/2021 03/17/2021 $3,825 $5,461 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Serious 19280057 A06 IV 01/28/2021 03/17/2021 $3,825 $5,461 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 128254.015
Event: 08/03/2020
Truck Driver Is Crushed Between Trailer Body And Hay Bales A

At 10:30 a.m. on August 3, 2020, an employee was working for a hay farm. He and a coworker were at the loading dock of a hay barn. The coworker was operating a GEHL 650 AL 600 series articulated loader, with serial number E00060064. The cow orker was loading hay into a 15.8-meter-long (52-ft-long) trailer. The employee was the truck's driver. The coworker's (loader operator's) front view was comple tely obstructed by the 2.7-meter-high by 2.4-meter-wide by 0.9-meter-deep (9-ft- high by 8-ft-wide by 3-ft-deep) row of hay bales that were being moved into the rear of the trailer. The opening of the truck trailer was only a few centimeters (inches) wider and higher than the hay. The loader operator thought that the em ployee, who was about to drive the truck, had gone to the office. The obstructed view prevented the operator from seeing that the employee was located within th e loader's path of travel. In addition, the loudness of the articulated lift mad e it hard if not impossible for the operator to hear the employee inside the tra iler. The noise level inside the trailer was later measured at 85 dBA. The emplo yee was struck by the bales of hay being moved on the fork truck. He was pushed into the trailer and pinned between the front inside wall of the trailer and the hay bales. He was crushed and killed.

Keywords:agriculture, agriculture machinery/vehicle, caught between, crushed, equipment operator, industrial truck, loader, loading, loading dock, noise, obstructed view, pinned, truck driver

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1486412.015 Fatality Truck Driver: Heavy/Tractor-Trailer
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