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Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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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 Rd
Dundee, MI 48131
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 112120/Dairy Cattle and Milk Production
Mailing: 17559 Cake Rd, Dundee, MI 48131

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

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1459515    
Case Status: VIOLATIONS UNDER CONTEST

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 $14,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,000
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 $7,000 $7,000 $0 07/17/2020 -
  2. 01002A Serious 325.2411(1) 05/22/2020 06/25/2020 $7,000 $7,000 $0 07/17/2020 -
  3. 01002B Serious 325.2411(2) 05/22/2020 06/25/2020 $0 $0 $0 07/17/2020 -

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 inhalation of excess concentrations of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) that evolved from well water 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-hour exposure limit of 10 ppm. The cleaning granules did not play a role in the event.
Keywords: tank, water, hydrogen sulfide, overexposure, confined space
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1403966.015 Fatality Poisoning(Systemic) Farmers, except horticultural

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