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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1502993.015 - Rio Valley Pipe Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi


Inspection Nr: 1502993.015
Report ID: 0626000
Open Date: 11/16/2020

Site Address:
Rio Valley Pipe Llc
1101 Pino St
Penitas, TX 78576

Mailing Address:
3609 W Palma Vista Drive, Penitas, TX 78576

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 327390/Other Concrete Product Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/16/2020


Close Case:04/18/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1688666
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $27,306 $0 $0 $0 $0 $27,306
Current Penalty $13,653 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,653
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. 01001A Serious 19100147 C04 II B 04/09/2021 04/28/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 05/07/2021 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01001B Serious 19100147 C07 I 04/09/2021 04/28/2021 $0 $13,653 $0 05/07/2021 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 131181.015
Event: 11/16/2020
Employee Is Killed When Caught Between Machine Parts

At 4:45 p.m. on November 16, 2020, an employee was working to dislodge a wire ca ge on a piece of machinery. The employee, who was the operator of the machine, e ntered the hazard area to dislodge a wire cage. The employee asked a coworker to push a button on the console intended to open the clamps, but the feed wheel st arted to move rather than the clamps open. The employee was killed by internal i njuries and asphyxia when his upper body was pinned between the main drive wheel and the feed drive wheel. The manufacturer's instructions are to turn the key t o the right or Maintenance Mode and to remove and keep the key with the operator while in the hazard area (lockout). The employee and coworker spoke only Spanis h, they were not provided a Spanish language operator's manual, and the buttons on the machine are in English.

Keywords:asphyxiated, caught between, crushed, disconnecting means, equipment operator, lockout, lockout/tagout, pinned, train, training, work rules

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1502993.015 Fatality Machine operators, not specified
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