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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
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 Drive
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 321999/All Other Miscellaneous Wood Product Manufacturing
Mailing: 164 County Road 1040, Woodville, TX 75979

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

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1276288    
Case Status: CLOSED

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 manufactured wood pellets. He was operating a skid steer front end loader to reclaim wood pellets for Silo Number 3. The wood pellets formed a structure 9.1 to 12.2 meters (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 prevention 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 engulfing the entire cab. When the narrative was written it had not been determined whether blunt trauma or asphyxiation was the primary cause of death. An autopsy was pending.
Keywords: access/egress, struck by, asphyxiated, falling object, front end loader, mech mat handling, roof, material handling, flowing material, confined space, rops, crushing
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1272065.015 Fatality Other Millwrights

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