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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1244752.015 - Rockbridge Farmers Cooperative Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Virginia Sw Reg Hlth

Nr: 1244752.015Report ID: 0355123Open Date: 07/06/2017

Rockbridge Farmers Cooperative Inc
167 Thompson Drive
Eagle Rock, VA 24085
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 444220/ Nursery, Garden Center, and Farm Supply Stores
Mailing: 645 Waddell Street, Lexington, VA 24450

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:12/01/2017
Close Case:06/01/2018

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1237236   Yes
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $7,060 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,060
Current Penalty $4,236 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,236
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 40.1-51.1.A 12/06/2017 12/26/2017 $2,118 $3,530 $0 12/18/2017 L - State Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 40.1-51.1.A 12/06/2017 12/26/2017 $2,118 $3,530 $0 12/18/2017 L - State Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 96865.015Event: 06/13/2017Employee Is Sprayed By Farm Pesticides And Later Dies
At 1:00 p.m. on June 13, 2017, Employee #1 and Coworker #1, employed by an agricultural cooperative, were working at a farm. Employee #1 was spraying a field with a mixture of herbicide and pesticide. He was using a spraying rig truck that contained 960 gallons of the mixture. An O ring came loose on a pipe connection, and as Employee #1 repaired the O ring, his upper body was sprayed with the mixture. Later that afternoon, Coworker #1 found Employee #1 sitting in his truck and helped to wash him off further. Employee #1 was on leave for several days and then returned to work. He died at home on July 3, 2017. Subsequent reports from the Medical Examiner and a Toxicologist stated they could not definitively conclude that Employee #1's death was due to exposure to the pesticide-herbicide mixture.
Keywords: pesticide, struck by, spraying rig, chemical, agriculture, farm machinery, agriculture machinery/vehicle, chemical vapor, toxic fumes, repair
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1244752.015 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Pest control occupations

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