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Inspection: 1488133.015 - Darling Ingredients, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Jackson

Nr: 1488133.015Report ID: 0419400Open Date: 08/13/2020

Darling Ingredients, Inc.
1299 Prisock Roadnull
Byram, MS 39272
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 311613/Rendering and Meat Byproduct Processing
Mailing: 1299 Prisock Roadnull, Byram, MS 39272

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/13/2020
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral1642293 Yes  
 Accident1644047    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $75,092 $0 $0 $75,092
Current Penalty $0 $0 $75,092 $0 $0 $75,092
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Repeat 19100147 C04 II 02/09/2021 04/15/2021 $75,092 $75,092 $0 03/03/2021 C - Contested
  2. 01001B Repeat 19100147 C04 II B 02/09/2021 04/15/2021 $0 $0 $0 03/03/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 128625.015Event: 08/14/2020Two Employees Are Killed From High Pressured Steam Burns
At 6:52 p.m. on August 10, 2020, two employees and a coworker were attempting to remove a clog from a hydrolyzer. The employees and the coworker did not lock ou t or isolate the stored energy and were unable to get the steam to release from the pressure vessel. Employee #1, a senior maintenance worker, made the decision to open a flange positioned at the bottom of the pressure vessel to release the steam. As Employee #1 slowly loosened the bolts, steam would unexpectedly relea se, causing the employees and the coworker to jump away from the escaping steam to prevent burning. This continued for approximately ten minutes when Employee # 1 decided to take a break to cool down and let the area clear out of steam. Empl oyee #1 instructed Employee #2 and the coworker to take a break as well. While E mployee #1 was taking his break, Employee #2, a maintenance technician, decided he would assist in the removal of the flange and began to repeat the process tha t Employee #1 was using to release the steam. When Employee #1 returned, he not iced Employee #2 performing the same method of steam removal as he was doing and scolded Employee #2 for not following his directions. During the course of the argument, both Employee #1 and Employee #2 were untightening the bolts and sudde nly the flange cover broke free, releasing high-pressured steam and engulfing th e employees. The coworkers on site attempted to render first aid and 911 was cal led for emergency services. Employee #1 and employee #2 were transported to the hospital and admitted to the burn center. Employee #1 and Employee #2 sustained steam burns to over 70 percent of their body and died on August 14, 2020 as a re sult of their injuries.
Keywords: bolt, burn, engulfed, maintenance, steam
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1488133.015 Fatality Industrial machinery repairers
2 1488133.015 Fatality Industrial machinery repairers

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