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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 308472737 - Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Harrisburg


Inspection Nr: 308472737
Report ID: 0316700
Open Date: 06/09/2005

Site Address:
Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc.
720 Bow Creek Road
Grantville, PA 17028

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 32, Grantville, PA 17028

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 711212/Racetracks

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 09/07/2005


Close Case:10/24/2005

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100570647
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,600
Current Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $0 $0 $12,600
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 09/22/2005 10/19/2005 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -  
2. 01002 Serious 19100145 C03 09/22/2005 10/19/2005 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200570935
Event: 06/08/2005
Race Track Worker Is Run Over And Killed By Starting Gate

At around 9:10 p.m. on June 8, 2005, Employee #1 and three coworkers were working at the Penn National Race Course. The four workers were moving a starting gate to the starting line. The starting gate is a mechanical device with stalls for horses to stand in until the starter releases the doors to begin a race. The 17-ton starting gate, which is on wheels, is not self-propelled; it is towed by a tractor or other self-propelled vehicle around the race track to different starting spots as determined by the distance of each race. It does not have seats, steps, or any other means designed to accommodate riders. One of Employee #1's coworkers drove the tractor, and the other two coworkers rode on the starting gate somewhere in stalls 1, 2, or 3. Employee #1 rode in a stall further back, anywhere from stall 7 to stall 11. Employee #1 might have been changing the numbers on the stalls when the accident happened, though this is not certain. After the fourth race, while the starting gate was being moved to the starting line for the next race, Employee #1, riding on the gate, fell off and was run over by the gate. He was killed.

Keywords:racetrack, fall, struck by, run over

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 308472737 Fatality Other Occupation not reported
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