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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 306356676 - Circle W Ranch

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno


Inspection Nr: 306356676
Report ID: 0950625
Date Opened: 03/03/2004

Site Address:
Circle W Ranch
29555 Wyle Ranch Rd
North Fork, CA 93643

Mailing Address:
P O Box 723, North Fork, CA 93643

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 112111/Beef Cattle Ranching and Farming

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 03/03/2004

Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)

Case Closed: 09/13/2010

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362098246
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 4
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,745 $0 $5,745
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,870 $0 $1,870
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 342 A 07/12/2004 08/14/2004 $1,500 $5,000 $0 08/09/2004 J - ALJ Decision  
2. 01002 Other 3203 A 07/12/2004 08/14/2004 $185 $185 $0 08/09/2004 W - Empr Withdrew  
3. 01003 Other 3400 B 07/12/2004 08/14/2004 $0 $375 $0 08/09/2004 D - Govt Dismissed Citation has been deleted.
4. 01004 Other 5194 E01 07/12/2004 08/14/2004 $185 $185 $0 08/09/2004 W - Empr Withdrew  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201085032
Event: 02/09/2004
Employee Dies From Body Burn Complications

At about 4:15 p.m. on February 9, 2004, Employee #1 was burning brush piles with a five-gallon metal bucket of diesel fuel, using a propane torch. He set the fuel bucket up hill from the burning brush, and, as he was watching the brush fire burn, he noticed that the dried grass in the path of fuel bucket also caught fire. Employee #1 then rushed to retrieve the fuel bucket, but, by then, the fire already reached the bucket. When he grabbed the melting hot plastic cover of the bucket handle, he dropped the bucket and caused a splash of hot diesel fuel to ignite his clothing. He then ran up the hill shredded his burning clothes and rolled on the ground to suffocate the rest of his burning clothes. Employee #1 and his companion, not an employee of the Circle W Ranch, got into his car and drove to the North Fork Clinic and later to the Oakhurst Community Medical Center, where he was transported via helicopter to the Burn Center at UMC in Fresno, California. Employee #1 died on February 18, 2004. The Madera County Coroner's Office reported the cause of death as a bilateral bronchopneumonia due to 30% to 40%-body burns.

Keywords:burn, heat, diesel fuel tank, fire, propane torch, combustible liquid

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 306356676 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Laborers, except construction
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