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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120149984 - J R Simplot Co Dba Simplot Grower Solutions

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 120149984Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 04/23/2003

J R Simplot Co Dba Simplot Grower Solutions
2947 Hwy. 20
Colusa, CA 95932
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5191/Farm Supplies
NAICS: 424910/Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: P. O. Box 850, Colusa, CA 95932

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/07/2003
Close Case:11/14/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $45,000 $0 $0 $980 $0 $45,980
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $980 $0 $18,980
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B02 09/03/2003 09/27/2003 $420 $420 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3210 C 09/03/2003 09/27/2003 $560 $560 $0 -
Deleted 3. 02001 Serious 3382 D01 09/03/2003 09/20/2003 $0 $22,500 $0 04/09/2004 D - Govt Dismissed
  4. 03001 Serious 5162 D 09/03/2003 09/20/2003 $18,000 $22,500 $0 04/09/2004 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201173572Event: 04/17/2003Employee Sustain Chemical Burns From Aqua Ammonia
On April 17, 2003, Employee #1 was working with coworkers performing loading operations for their employer J R Simplot Company. The employer was a retail fertilizer company with an aqueous ammonia production and loading operation. The aqueous ammonia was pumped from the converter to double tanker trucks using an automated pumping system. Employee #1 and a coworker were on top of tanker trucks loading, while another coworker was operating the loading computer. The double tankers were of unequal sizes, and the sight tubes were not observed prior to the cam-locks being unattached. The smaller, front tank was overfilled, and when Employee #1 removed the hose from the cam-lock, he was splashed in the face and chest with aqueous ammonia. He got off of the truck and got onto the loading platform where he attempted to engage the shower/eyewash station, but the water pump was not on. He went down to the ground level where he was hosed off and placed in a tub of water by his coworkers. He was placed on the back of a pick up truck and taken to the machine shop where he was showered off and emergency medical services were called. Employee #1 suffered chemical burns to his eyes, face, and lungs and was hospitalized.
Keywords: eye, lung, ammonia, fertilizer mixing, chemical burn, face
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120149984 Hospitalized injury Burn(Chemical) Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators

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