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Inspection: 1504589.015 - California Ranch Food Company, Inc.
Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office
California Ranch Food Company, Inc.
4401 S Downey Road
Vernon, CA 90058
4401 S Downey Road, Vernon, CA 90058
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 424470/Meat and Meat Product Merchant Wholesalers
Inspection Type: Fat/Cat
Advanced Notice: N
Close Conference: 09/24/2021
|#||Citation ID||Citaton Type||Standard Cited||Issuance Date||Abatement Due Date||Current Penalty||Initial Penalty||FTA Penalty||Contest||Latest Event||Note|
|1.||01001||Other||3203(A)(5)||09/24/2021||10/13/2021||$750||$750||$0||11/29/2021||C - Contested|
|2.||01002||Other||5144(G)(3)||09/24/2021||10/29/2021||$975||$975||$0||11/29/2021||C - Contested|
|3.||02001||Serious||3220(C)(1)||09/24/2021||$20,250||$20,250||$0||11/29/2021||C - Contested|
|4.||03001||Serious||3328(G)||09/24/2021||$20,250||$20,250||$0||11/29/2021||C - Contested|
|5.||04001||Serious||5141(A)||09/24/2021||$20,250||$20,250||$0||11/29/2021||C - Contested|
|6.||05001||Serious||5194(H)(1)||09/24/2021||$20,250||$20,250||$0||11/29/2021||C - Contested|
At 7:45 p.m. on December 1, 2020, Employee #1, a production lead supervisor, ent ered the chill/production room. She observed a cloud generating in the immediate area of the freezer tunnel. She went to investigate the cause of the cloud and was killed by asphyxiation. Approximately one hour later, Employee #2, a product ion supervisor, entered the chill/production room. He observed Employee #1 on th e floor and went over to her. Employee #2 was overcome by the lack of oxygen in the room and was also killed by asphyxiation. Liquid nitrogen released from the tunnel freezer, Linde Cryowave Freezing tunnel Model 1250-5, in the chill/produc tion room created an oxygen-deficient atmosphere that asphyxiated both employees . The chill/production room emergency alarms, Advanced Micro Instruments 221R Ar ea Oxygen Deficiency monitor, did not provide warning to the employees of an oxy gen-deficient atmosphere.
Keywords:alarm, asphyxiated, lack of oxygen, nitrogen, oxygen deficiency, ppe, unconsciousness
|1||1504589.015||Fatality||Supervisors, extractive occupations|