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Inspection: 1504589.015 - California Ranch Food Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office


Inspection Nr: 1504589.015
Report ID: 0950635
Date Opened: 12/01/2020

Site Address:
California Ranch Food Company, Inc.
4401 S Downey Road
Vernon, CA 90058

Mailing Address:
4401 S Downey Road, Vernon, CA 90058

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 424470/Meat and Meat Product Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 09/24/2021


Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1697529
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 6
Current Violations 4 2 6
Initial Penalty $81,000 $0 $0 $1,725 $0 $82,725
Current Penalty $81,000 $0 $0 $1,725 $0 $82,725
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# 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  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 131418.015
Event: 12/01/2020
Two Employees Are Killed By Nitrogen Leak

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

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1504589.015 Fatality Supervisors, extractive occupations
2 1504589.015 Fatality Driver-sales workers
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