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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 1480956.015 - Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Birmingham

Nr: 1480956.015Report ID: 0418300Open Date: 06/26/2020

Prairie Farms Dairy, Inc.
36 Barber Ct
Birmingham, AL 35209
Union Status: Union
NAICS: 311511/Fluid Milk Manufacturing
Mailing: 36 Barber Court, Birmingham, AL 35209

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/30/2020
Emphasis: N:Chemnep, N:Amputate, L:Forklift, L:FoodproClose Case:03/11/2021

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 6 2 8
Current Violations 6 2 8
Initial Penalty $67,084 $0 $0 $0 $0 $67,084
Current Penalty $67,084 $0 $0 $0 $0 $67,084
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100022 A02 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $4,915 $4,915 $0 Z - Issued
  2. 01002 Serious 19100119 D03 II 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $8,193 $8,193 $0 Z - Issued
  3. 01003 Serious 19100147 C04 II 12/01/2020 12/11/2020 $13,494 $13,494 $0 Z - Issued
  4. 01004 Serious 19100147 C05 I 12/01/2020 12/11/2020 $13,494 $13,494 $0 Z - Issued
  5. 01005A Serious 19100147 C06 I 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $13,494 $13,494 $0 Z - Issued
  6. 01005B Serious 19100147 C06 II 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued
  7. 01006A Serious 19100212 A01 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $13,494 $13,494 $0 Z - Issued
  8. 01006B Serious 19100219 F03 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued
  9. 02001 Other 19100037 A03 12/01/2020 01/20/2021 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued
  10. 02002 Other 19100144 A01 III 12/01/2020 12/28/2020 $0 $0 $0 Z - Issued

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 127328.015Event: 06/25/2020Employee Is Caught And Killed In Dairy Palletizer Equipment
At 5:15 p.m. on June 25, 2020, an employee was working for a dairy. In the dairy's large cooler area was a mechanism known as the Axium Inc./Dairy Conveyor Corporation (DCC) chain palletizer number 1. The chain palletizer consisted of four main parts: a pallet dispenser unit (PDU), a pallet pusher unit (PPU), a palletizer unit (PU), and a conveyor unit (CU). The chain palletizer was also equipped with a Strapex Endra H2M WT strapping machine. It was located next to the palletizing station (PPU) and straddled the conveyor (CU). This was a large combination machine built specifically for this site. The safety inspector was not able to locate model and serial numbers without having to implement LOTO. The employee was trying to clear a jam or reposition a gate or sensor in the pusher area of the chain palletizer. He went through a gap between the framing of the equipment and a safety gate door. He did not open the interlocked safety gate door to stop the equipment before entering the machine. When the case support panel moved back to the start/home position, the employee was caught between the case support panel and the case pusher equipment frame. He sustained mechanical asphyxia. He was killed. A video of the incident showed that the employee was trying to make the equipment automatically cycle by either clearing a jam, repositioning the product, and/or activating an equipment sensor when he was caught-in between the fixed PPU equipment frame and the moving stack stabilizer. This was a multi-employer worksite. There were three inspections associated with this investigation. 1483008 was for a compliance firm. 1483031 was for a refrigeration firm. 1480956 was for the dairy.
Keywords: palletized cargo, asphyxiated, torso, training, machine guarding, jammed, neck, lockout, interlock, crushed, walking surface, slippery surface, power trans appar, pinned
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1480956.015 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Order clerks

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