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Inspection: 1272065.015 - German Pellets Of Texas

Inspection Information - Office: Houston South

Nr: 1272065.015Report ID: 0626700Open Date: 10/20/2017

German Pellets Of Texas
498-A West Lakeshore Drivenull
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 321999/All Other Miscellaneous Wood Product Manufacturing
Mailing: 164 County Road 1040null, Woodville, TX 75979

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/20/2017
Close Case:09/05/2019

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Inspection1272047   Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 2 1 4
Initial Penalty $0 $170,724 $39,838 $0 $0 $210,562
Current Penalty $12,947 $110,970 $12,947 $0 $0 $136,864
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Willful 5A0001 04/17/2018 05/15/2019 $55,485 $85,362 $0 05/08/2018 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Willful 19170151 B01 04/17/2018 05/15/2019 $55,485 $85,362 $0 05/08/2018 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 19170023 B01 04/17/2018 05/15/2019 $12,947 $19,919 $0 05/08/2018 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02002 Repeat 19170112 B01 04/17/2018 05/15/2019 $12,947 $19,919 $0 05/08/2018 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 100050.015Event: 10/20/2017Skid Steer Operator Is Engulfed And Killed By Wood Pellets
At 7:45 a.m. on October 20, 2017, an employee was working for a firm that manufa ctured wood pellets. He was operating a skid steer front end loader to reclaim w ood pellets for Silo Number 3. The wood pellets formed a structure 9.1 to 12.2 m eters (30 to 40 feet high). A vertical cliff of pellets that were stuck together collapsed onto the skid steer. They damaged the cab roof and the roll over prev ention system (ROPS). Then engulfed the entire skid steer and its operator, the employee. The pellets caused the cab to collapse onto the operator as well as en gulfing the entire cab. When the narrative was written it had not been determine d whether blunt trauma or asphyxiation was the primary cause of death. An autops y was pending.
Keywords: access/egress, asphyxiated, confined space, crushing, falling object, flowing material, front end loader, material handling, mech mat handling, roof, rops, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1272065.015 Fatality Millwrights

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