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Inspection: 1504589.015 - California Ranch Food Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 1504589.015Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 12/01/2020

California Ranch Food Company, Inc.
4401 S Downey Road
Vernon, CA 90058
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 424470/Meat and Meat Product Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 4401 S Downey Road, Vernon, CA 90058

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/24/2021
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 6
Current Violations 4 2 6
Initial Penalty $81,000 $0 $0 $1,725 $0 $82,725
Current Penalty $81,000 $0 $0 $1,725 $0 $82,725
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203(A)(5) 09/24/2021 10/13/2021 $750 $750 $0 11/29/2021 C - Contested
  2. 01002 Other 5144(G)(3) 09/24/2021 10/29/2021 $975 $975 $0 11/29/2021 C - Contested
  3. 02001 Serious 3220(C)(1) 09/24/2021 $20,250 $20,250 $0 11/29/2021 C - Contested
  4. 03001 Serious 3328(G) 09/24/2021 $20,250 $20,250 $0 11/29/2021 C - Contested
  5. 04001 Serious 5141(A) 09/24/2021 $20,250 $20,250 $0 11/29/2021 C - Contested
  6. 05001 Serious 5194(H)(2) 09/24/2021 $20,250 $20,250 $0 11/29/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 131418.015Event: 12/01/2020Two Employees Are Killed By Nitrogen Leak
At 7:45 p.m. on December 1, 2020, Employee #1, a production lead supervisor, ent ered the chill/production room. She observed a cloud generating in the immediate area of the freezer tunnel. She went to investigate the cause of the cloud and was killed by asphyxiation. Approximately one hour later, Employee #2, a product ion supervisor, entered the chill/production room. He observed Employee #1 on th e floor and went over to her. Employee #2 was overcome by the lack of oxygen in the room and was also killed by asphyxiation. Liquid nitrogen released from the tunnel freezer, Linde Cryowave Freezing tunnel Model 1250-5, in the chill/produc tion room created an oxygen-deficient atmosphere that asphyxiated both employees . The chill/production room emergency alarms, Advanced Micro Instruments 221R Ar ea Oxygen Deficiency monitor, did not provide warning to the employees of an oxy gen-deficient atmosphere.
Keywords: alarm, asphyxiated, lack of oxygen, nitrogen, oxygen deficiency, ppe, unconsciousness
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1504589.015 Fatality Supervisors, extractive occupations
2 1504589.015 Fatality Driver-sales workers

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