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Inspection: 101391985 - Yazoo Valley Oil Mill, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Jackson

Nr: 101391985Report ID: 0419400Open Date: 12/13/1990

Yazoo Valley Oil Mill, Inc.
2015 West River Road
Greenwood, MS 38935
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2074/Cottonseed Oil Mills
Mailing: P. O. Box 1320, Greenwood, MS 38935

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:12/14/1990
Close Case:04/02/1991

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $1,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,800
Current Penalty $1,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 02/06/1991 03/05/1991 $700 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100147 D01 02/06/1991 02/11/1991 $700 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 19040002 A 02/06/1991 03/12/1991 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 594507Event: 12/12/1990Employees Die Of Asphyxia When Covered With Cotton Seed Meal
Employee #1 was inside a large, flat storage building, attempting to adjust a sheet metal cover over an unloading hopper in the floor beneath an approximately 39 ft high pile of cotton seed meal. The building was designed to load in from the top and unload by gravity through the floor hopper onto a conveyor. The building was being loaded and unloaded when Employee #1 entered to adjust the floor cover to slow the flow of cotton seed meal. Cotton seed meal rushed down the pile and covered Employee #1, who called for help on his radio. Employee #2 responded along with other employees. Employee #2 stood between Employee #1 and the falling seed meal to prevent more meal from falling onto Employee #1, who was already covered to his neck. Cotton seed meal then covered Employees #1 and #2, who died of asphyxia. The employees misjudged the hazard of falling cotton seed meal and failed to turn off and lock out the loading and unloading conveyors before entering the building.
Keywords: asphyxiated, work rules, lockout, flowing material, conveyor, buried, cotton
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 101391985 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 101391985 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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