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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1223927.015 - Verso Luke Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Charleston

Nr: 1223927.015Report ID: 0316400Open Date: 04/09/2017

Verso Luke Llc
3672 Beryl Road
Keyser, WV 26726
Union Status: Union
NAICS: 322121/Paper (except Newsprint) Mills
Mailing: 300 Pratt Street, Luke, MD 21540

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/10/2017
Close Case:12/01/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $45,639 $0 $0 $0 $0 $45,639
Current Penalty $31,413 $0 $0 $5,975 $0 $37,388
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 08/09/2017 09/05/2017 $12,675 $12,675 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 08/09/2017 09/05/2017 $7,459 $9,959 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 19100029 B10 08/09/2017 09/05/2017 $7,469 $9,959 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Serious 19100023 B10 08/09/2017 $3,809 $5,079 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 19100151 C 08/09/2017 09/05/2017 $5,975 $7,967 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 94607.015Event: 04/08/2017Employee Is Pulled Under Chip Pile By Conveyor And Is Killed
At approximately 2:33 a.m. on April 8, 2017, an employee, a dozer operator on the night shift, was standing on a wood chip pile next to where the chips are pulled down onto a drag chain conveyor several feet below the surface of the wood chips. The employee was standing next to the edge of a cone shaped depression in the wood chips that was formed when the chips were pulled down onto the drag chain. The area of the chips where he was standing gave away and he was pulled down under the chip pile. The employee's body was pulled onto the conveyor system leading to a screening operation. The employee's body travelled along several conveyors until it was eventually ejected through a chute to a scrap pile outside the building. The employee was found a couple of hours after the incident. The employee suffered body trauma and was suffocated.
Keywords: caught in, crushing, suffocated, fall, flowing material, conveyor, asphyxiated
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1223927.015 Fatality Asphyxia Excavating and loading machine operators

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