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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 107093916 - Confish, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Jackson

Nr: 107093916Report ID: 0419400Open Date: 03/28/1997

Confish, Inc.
South City Limits Road
Isola, MS 38754
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2092/Prepared Fresh or Frozen Fish and Seafoods
Mailing: P.O. Box 271, Isola, MS 38754

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/02/1997
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:06/13/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $4,875 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,875
Current Penalty $4,875 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,875
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100147 C07 I 05/23/1997 06/19/1997 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100151 B 05/23/1997 06/19/1997 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19100219 C04 II 05/23/1997 05/29/1997 $1,875 $1,875 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201360252Event: 03/28/1997Employee Killed When Apron Neck String Catches In Machinery
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on March 28, 1997, Employee #1 was cleaning and scrubbing equipment in the freezer and hand fillet areas of a catfish processing plant. She was the only sanitation scrubber assigned to work in these areas. Her duties on the night shift, which started at 9:30 p.m., four nights/week, included making sure garbage from the day shift was picked up off the floors. As she did this, two coworkers went through the production areas, spraying all the machinery with Profome, a cleaning, degreasing, and sanitizing agent. After allowing time for the Profome to soak and loosen any deposited material, Employee #1 used a large abrasive scrub pad and a bucket of cleaning solution to remove any material that was still stuck. The sanitation group leader last saw her in the break room around 1:20 to 1:30 a.m., when she told the group leader and a coworker that everything was going smoothly and that she would be through between 3:00 and 3:30 a.m. The sanitation group leader then went outside into the alley for about 5 minutes to clean out a sewer drain. When he came back in he found Employee #1, who was down on her knees, choked by the neck-string of her blue plastic apron. The string had apparently become caught by and wrapped around the projecting shaft end of the idler roll of the belt conveyor that carried boxed fish fillets through a metal detector. She had been killed. After some initial confusion and panic, the group leader stopped the conveyor and cut the apron's neck string, which released Employee #1's body. He left the area immediately.
Keywords: clothing, asphyxiated, rotating shaft, work rules, belt conveyor, cleaning, caught by, roller--mach/part, neck, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 107093916 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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