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Inspection: 1634758.015 - 105341 - Bethel Lutheran Church

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota


Inspection Nr: 1634758.015
Report ID: 0552700
Date Opened: 11/17/2022

Site Address:
105341 - Bethel Lutheran Church
810 3rd Avenue Se
Rochester, MN 55904

Mailing Address:
810 3rd Avenue Se, Rochester, MN 55901

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 813110/Religious Organizations

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 02/27/2023


Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1969538
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 $52,400 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $53,900
Current Penalty $52,400 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $53,900
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 Serious 182.676 03/03/2023 03/31/2023 $300 $300 $0 Z - Issued  
2. 01002A Serious 19101000 A03 03/03/2023 03/21/2023 $25,000 $25,000 $0 Z - Issued  
3. 01002B Serious 19101000 E 03/03/2023 03/21/2023 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued  
4. 01003A Serious 19101000 A03 03/03/2023 03/21/2023 $25,000 $25,000 $0 Z - Issued  
5. 01003B Serious 19101000 E 03/03/2023 03/21/2023 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued  
6. 01004 Serious 19101200 H01 03/03/2023 03/31/2023 $2,100 $2,100 $0 Z - Issued  
7. 02001 Other 19040039 A01 03/03/2023 03/07/2023 $1,500 $1,500 $0 Z - Issued  
8. 02002 Other 19101200 E01 03/03/2023 03/31/2023 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 152110.015
Event: 11/15/2022
Employee Is Killed By Carbon Monoxide Poisoning In Shed

At 12:00 a.m. on November 15, 2022, an employee was preparing a John Deere X734 lawn tractor to perform grounds work at a church. The employee was a property su pervisor for the church. At approximately 11:30 a.m., the employee went to the equipment shed to mount a rotary broom on the gasoline powered lawn tractor. The employee was working alone, and was found dead at 3:26 p.m. in the shed with bo th the personnel and garage door closed. At the time the employee was found, the rotary broom was partially attached to the lawn mower and the outside temperatu re was 30-31 degrees Fahrenheit. The fire department measured a carbon monoxide concentration of 354 ppm in the shed, and determined that the gas tank on the la wnmower was empty. Although other gas powered equipment was stored in the shed, it did not appear to have been operated the day of the incident. The employee's cause of death was determined to be carbon monoxide toxicity, as the autopsy re port indicated a 62 percent carboxyhemoglobin blood level.

Keywords:carbon monoxide, carboxyhemoglobin, gasoline, lawn mower, poisoning, suffocated, tractor, unwitnessed, working alone

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1634758.015 Fatality Occupation not reported
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