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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 107905184 - Rogers Group Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Tenn Cmpl Sfty 2

Nr: 107905184Report ID: 0454712Open Date: 07/26/1989

Rogers Group Inc
1355 Plum Street
Madison, TN 37115
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2951/Asphalt Paving Mixtures and Blocks
Mailing: P. O. Box 25250, Nashville, TN 37202

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/26/1989
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:04/11/1990

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident360286330    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $100 $0 $1,600
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $100 $0 $1,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 503010501 08/10/1989 09/11/1989 $1,000 $1,000 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 19100023 C01 08/10/1989 09/11/1989 $500 $500 $0 -
  3. 03001 Other 30008 08/10/1989 08/13/1989 $100 $100 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 763318Event: 07/25/1989One Employee Killed And One Injured In Storage Bin Burial
On July 25, 1989, Employee #1 was one of four employees attempting to dislodge material from a 30-ton gravel storage bin at an asphalt plant. Although an electric vibrator was mounted and functioning on the side of the hopper, employees had resorted to beating on the sides of the hopper with sledge hammers. The material in the bin was #10 limestone screenings, which is crushed gravel approximately one-quarter inch in diameter and with about 8 to10 percent moisture content due to recent rains. Not having much success, Employee #1 was lifted at the hopper by means of a front end loader bucket. Employee #1 stepped out onto the pile with a long metal rod which he used to try to break the pile loose. At approximately 9:15 a.m., after Employee #1 had been atop of pile for five minutes, the pile, which had evidently been hollowed out, collapsed with Employee #1 falling and being covered by tons of gravel. Employee #2, who had a previous history of heart problems, was assisting in the extrication of Employee #1. The temperature that morning was approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit with high humidity. Employee #1 was freed 15 to 20 minutes after being covered, and was airlifted to a nearby trauma center where he was declared dead upon arrival. Employee #2, affected by both the environmental and emotional stresses, began suffering symptoms consist with a heart attack, and was transported to an area hospital and hospitalized.
Keywords: asphyxiated, front end loader, torso, heat exhaustion, asphalt, hopper
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 107905184 Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported
2 107905184 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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