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Inspection: 1502993.015 - Rio Valley Pipe Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 1502993.015Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 11/16/2020

Rio Valley Pipe Llc
1101 Pino Stnull
Penitas, TX 78576
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 327390/Other Concrete Product Manufacturing
Mailing: 3609 W Palma Vista Drivenull, Penitas, TX 78576

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/16/2020
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $27,306 $0 $0 $0 $0 $27,306
Current Penalty $27,306 $0 $0 $0 $0 $27,306
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100147 C04 II B 04/09/2021 04/28/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 05/07/2021 C - Contested
  2. 01002 Serious 19100147 C07 I 04/09/2021 04/28/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 05/07/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 131181.015Event: 11/16/2020Employee Is Killed When Caught Between Machine Parts
At 4:45 p.m. on November 16, 2020, an employee was working to dislodge a wire ca ge on a piece of machinery. The employee, who was the operator of the machine, e ntered the hazard area to dislodge a wire cage. The employee asked a coworker to push a button on the console intended to open the clamps, but the feed wheel st arted to move rather than the clamps open. The employee was killed by internal i njuries and asphyxia when his upper body was pinned between the main drive wheel and the feed drive wheel. The manufacturer's instructions are to turn the key t o the right or Maintenance Mode and to remove and keep the key with the operator while in the hazard area (lockout). The employee and coworker spoke only Spanis h, they were not provided a Spanish language operator's manual, and the buttons on the machine are in English.
Keywords: asphyxiated, caught between, crushed, disconnecting means, equipment operator, lockout, lockout/tagout, pinned, train, training, work rules
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1502993.015 Fatality Machine operators, not specified

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