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Inspection: 300815727 - Canandaigua Wine Company

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Modesto


Inspection Nr: 300815727
Report ID: 0950624
Date Opened: 09/25/2002

Site Address:
Canandaigua Wine Company
21801 Highway 120
Escalon, CA 95320

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 312130/Wineries

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 03/21/2003

Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)

Case Closed: 01/30/2009

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 361727076
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $20,250 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $21,250
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,400 $0 $5,400
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 3340 C02 A 03/21/2003 03/28/2003 $0 $500 $0 04/11/2003 D - Govt Dismissed Citation has been deleted.
2. 01002 Other 5157 C02 03/21/2003 03/28/2003 $0 $250 $0 04/11/2003 F - Formal Settlement  
3. 01003 Other 5194 H02 B 03/21/2003 03/28/2003 $0 $250 $0 04/11/2003 D - Govt Dismissed Citation has been deleted.
4. 02001 Other 3480 C02 03/21/2003 03/28/2003 $5,400 $20,250 $0 04/11/2003 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201103298
Event: 09/25/2002
Employee Dies From Asphyxiation After Falling Into Wine Tank

On September 25, 2002, Employee #1, a temporary employee of The Plus Group, was working as a tank turner in the wine fermenting tanks area at the Canandaigua Winery, located in Escalon, CA. There were 16 wine tanks in the area with dimensions of 17.5 feet by 17.5 feet by 13.5 feet, each with a 29,000-gallon capacity. Employee #1 had a casual conversation regarding work tasks with two coworkers. The coworkers were finishing their night shift work. Sometime between 7:56 a.m. and 7:58 a.m., the coworkers observed Employee #1 looking down into Wine Tank #263. The tank had been completely drained of its liquid product; had been purged with carbon dioxide and nitrogen; had approximately 3 feet of pulp mixture (seeds and grape skins) at the bottom of it; and, was scheduled to be sluiced and cleaned. At approximately 8:10 a.m., two other coworkers observed that the grating over Tank #263 was missing. They looked down inside the tank and saw Employee #1 unconscious at the bottom of the tank. Emergency services were called and Employee #1 was transported to Doctor's Medical Center in Modesto, CA, where he was pronounced dead. The cause of death was asphyxiation by atmospheric suffocation.

Keywords:unconsciousness, asphyxiated, work rules, grating, fall, tank

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300815727 Fatality Asphyxia Mixing and blending machine operators
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