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Inspection: 1629877.015 - Gerber Poultry, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Cleveland


Inspection Nr: 1629877.015
Report ID: 0522300
Date Opened: 10/24/2022

Site Address:
Gerber Poultry, Inc.
5889 Kidron Road
Kidron, OH 44636

Mailing Address:
5889 Kidron Road, Kidron, OH 44636

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 424440/Poultry and Poultry Product Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 10/24/2022


Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1960359
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $15,625 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,625
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $11,719 $0 $11,719
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 19100132 D02 03/27/2023 04/10/2023 $11,719 $15,625 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 150710.015
Event: 10/05/2022
Employee Is Killed When Struck In Head By Equipment Guardrai

At 1:45 p.m. on October 5, 2022, an employee was picking up trash and bolts left behind after the coworker moved equipment around using a powered industrial veh icle. was working at a poultry product wholesaler. During lunchtime, the employe e had asked the coworker if he could pick up materials that had fallen off the s kid, and the coworker agreed. The employee helped pick up the materials, and dur ing that time the employee asked the coworker what was going to be done with the machines out in the yard. The coworker told the employee that the guardrails ha d to be removed and then the machines would be loaded onto trucks and shipped ou t. However, the coworker told the employee not to worry about it and that the pr oject could wait until tomorrow when they could get additional help. The coworke r then left to assist in another area of the facility and assumed that the emplo yee went to lunch. Approximately two hours later, the coworker's phone went off about medical assistance needed in the yard to he headed back that direction. T he coworker thought that the employee was still out back picking up trash and th ought he needed some water. When the coworker arrived at the back of the facili ty, he found the employee laying on the ground. Although there were no witnesse s, it appeared that at some point the employee returned to the shop to gather so me tools and attempted to remove the guardrails alone. The guardrail was approx imately 4 feet long by 4 feet wide and was connected to the equipment by two lar ge bolts which were approximately 5 feet 9 inches from the ground. The guardrail s were very heavy and required two workers plus a forklift to originally install them. As the employee removed one of the guardrails, the rail fell and struck him in the head. The employee was killed by head injuries including a brain blee d.

Keywords:brain, brain bleed, elderly, falling object, guardrail, head, misjudgement, misjudgement of hazardous situation, removing, struck by, unwitnessed, working alone

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1629877.015 Fatality
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