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Inspection: 1403966.015 - Sieler Farms

Inspection Information - Office: Michigan Safety Gen

Nr: 1403966.015Report ID: 0552652Open Date: 05/25/2019

Sieler Farms
17559 Cake Rdnull
Dundee, MI 48131
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 112120/Dairy Cattle and Milk Production
Mailing: 17559 Cake Rdnull, Dundee, MI 48131

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:04/08/2020
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $14,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,000
Current Penalty $4,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,200
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19101200 E01 05/22/2020 06/25/2020 $2,100 $7,000 $0 07/17/2020 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 325.2411(1) 05/22/2020 06/25/2020 $2,100 $7,000 $0 07/17/2020 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 325.2411(2) 05/22/2020 06/25/2020 $0 $0 $0 07/17/2020 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 116597.015Event: 05/24/2019Employee Dies From Over Exposure To Hydrogen Sulfide In Tank
At 4:00 p.m. on May 24, 2019, Employee #1, a farmer, entered a 1,500 gallon bulk milk tank to clean it. He was using a paste of cleaning granules and well water . The employee died within 20 minutes of entry into the tank due to the inhalati on of excess concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that evolved from well wat er that was contaminated with naturally-occurring hydrogen sulfide. The lack of ventilation in the tank trapped the gas. Lab tests of the vapor space above a sample of the well water showed more than 1,000 ppm H2S versus the allowable 8-h our exposure limit of 10 ppm. The cleaning granules did not play a role in the event.
Keywords: confined space, hydrogen sulfide, overexposure, tank, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1403966.015 Fatality Farmers, except horticultural

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