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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 110135704 - Showell Farms, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Jacksonville

Nr: 110135704Report ID: 0419700Open Date: 10/23/1993

Showell Farms, Inc.
Highway 90 East
Defuniak Springs, FL 32433
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2015/Poultry Slaughtering and Processing
Mailing: P.O. Box 1040, De Funiak Springs, FL 32433

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/24/1993
Close Case:11/15/1994

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 6
Current Violations 6 6
Initial Penalty $42,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $42,000
Current Penalty $42,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $42,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 E01 II 04/13/1994 07/15/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100272 G01 I 04/13/1994 07/15/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100272 G01 II 04/13/1994 07/15/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100272 G03 04/13/1994 07/15/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  5. 01005 Serious 19100272 G04 04/13/1994 07/15/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  6. 01006 Serious 19100272 G06 04/13/1994 07/15/1994 $7,000 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14337984Event: 10/22/1993Employee Asphyxiated In Corn Silo Cave-In
At approximately 10:30 a.m. on October 22, 1993, Employee #1, along with two coworkers, entered a silo filled with corn kernels. The kernels had accumulated in the silo to the height of approximately 33 to 35 feet. The employees were to walk on the kernels to push them down. This process is known as "walking down the corn." The auger in the silo continued to operate while the employees walked down the corn. The wall of kernels caved in, burying Employee #1. The coworkers attempted to rescue him, but were not successful. There was no retrieval system in place for this kind of rescue effort and the employees were not trained in the specific procedures and safety practices of this task.
Keywords: asphyxiated, work rules, corn, buried, cave-in, untrained
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 110135704 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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