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Inspection: 1482381.015 - Bentoli Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Austin

Nr: 1482381.015Report ID: 0625400Open Date: 07/06/2020

Bentoli Inc.
15908 East Hwy 290null
Elgin, TX 78621
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 424910/Farm Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 15908 East Hwy 290null, Elgin, TX 78621

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/08/2020
Emphasis: N:Amputate, L:GifallClose Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1616558    
Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3 2 8
Current Violations 3 3 2 8
Initial Penalty $40,482 $404,811 $0 $3,010 $0 $448,303
Current Penalty $40,482 $404,811 $0 $3,010 $0 $448,303
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100147 C05 II D 12/30/2020 01/14/2021 $13,494 $13,494 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  2. 01002 Serious 19100147 C07 I 12/30/2020 01/14/2021 $13,494 $13,494 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  3. 01003 Serious 19100178 L01 I 12/30/2020 01/14/2021 $13,494 $13,494 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  4. 02001 Willful 19100028 B01 I 12/30/2020 01/04/2021 $134,937 $134,937 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  5. 02002 Willful 19100147 C06 I 12/30/2020 01/22/2021 $134,937 $134,937 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  6. 02003 Willful 19100147 D04 I 12/30/2020 01/14/2021 $134,937 $134,937 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  7. 03001 Other 19040032 B03 12/30/2020 01/14/2021 $1,928 $1,928 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested
  8. 03002 Other 19100305 G02 II 12/30/2020 12/31/2020 $1,082 $1,082 $0 01/21/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 127575.015Event: 07/06/2020Employee Is Caught And Killed When Ribbon Blender Starts Up
At 10:53 a.m. on July 6, 2020, an employee was working for a manufacturer of far m supplies. The firm manufactured additive for feed. The firm had two ribbon ble nders or mixing machines on the production floor. They were designated AA and AB . The employee was cleaning out blender AB with rags. The ribbon blender he was cleaning had a hopper or trough. It was approximately 1.04 meters (41 inches) wi de, 1.57 meters (62 inches) long, and approximately 1.22 meters (48 inches) deep . The top of the hopper started approximately 0.91 meters (36 inches) off the wo rking platform. An object approximately 180 millimeters (7 inches) from the top of the hopper would come into contact with the blades. The ribbon mixer blades t ook up almost all the space in the hopper. The machine's 480-volt disconnect had been locked out a few days earlier by a coworker who had found his son in the m achine. The coworker took his son out and put a lock on the disconnect. The cowo rker informed the supervisor that the key for the lock was at home. The coworker drove home and got the key. When he returned, he took the lock off disconnect a nd, not thinking, activated the knife switch to the 'on' position. The employee was still cleaning the mixer when the machine started up. He was caught in the b lades of the ribbon blender. He suffered lacerations, contusions, and fractures. He was killed. Pressurized air presented another form of hazardous energy.
Keywords: air pressure, caught in, cleaning, contusion, disconnecting means, fracture, laceration, lockout, lockout/tagout, mixer, mixer blade, training
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1482381.015 Fatality Miscellaneous plant and system operators

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