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Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 15 3 3 21
Current Violations 15 3 3 21
Initial Penalty $185,878 $409,596 $0 $0 $0 $595,474
Current Penalty $185,878 $409,596 $0 $0 $0 $595,474
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100022 A03 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $8,582 $8,582 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  2. 01002A Serious 19100025 B03 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $8,582 $8,582 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  3. 01002B Serious 19100025 C02 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  4. 01003 Serious 19100036 G02 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  5. 01004 Serious 19100037 A03 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  6. 01005A Serious 19100037 B01 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $10,728 $10,728 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  7. 01005B Serious 19100037 B06 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  8. 01006 Serious 19100132 D01 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $10,728 $10,728 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  9. 01007 Serious 19100146 C02 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  10. 01008 Serious 19100146 C04 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  11. 01009 Serious 19100146 C08 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  12. 01010 Serious 19100147 C07 I A 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  13. 01011 Serious 19100147 D 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  14. 01012 Serious 19100147 F02 I 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  15. 01013 Serious 19100151 C 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $10,728 $10,728 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  16. 01014 Serious 19101200 F06 II 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  17. 01015 Serious 19101200 G08 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $13,653 $13,653 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  18. 02001 Willful 5A0001 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $136,532 $136,532 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  19. 02002 Willful 19100147 C04 I 07/22/2021 09/08/2021 $136,532 $136,532 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  20. 02003A Willful 19101200 H02 II 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $136,532 $136,532 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  21. 02003B Willful 19101200 H03 I 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  22. 02003C Willful 19101200 H03 II 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  23. 02003D Willful 19101200 H03 III 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  24. 03001 Other 19100037 B02 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  25. 03002 Other 19100147 C05 II 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested
  26. 03003 Other 19101200 E01 I 07/22/2021 08/17/2021 $0 $0 $0 08/13/2021 C - Contested

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 132799.015 Event: 01/28/2021Six Employees Are Killed In Liquid Nitrogen Release
At 10:13 a.m. on January 28, 2021, three maintenance employees were in a freezer room troubleshooting improperly frozen cooked chicken parts discharging from th e liquid nitrogen Messer Immersion and Spiral Freezer. The immersion freezer and the internal freezer tub were designed to contain a bath of liquid nitrogen to flash freeze the chicken. One of the maintenance employees, who was troubleshoot ing the freezer, used a tool to bend the bottom of the stainless steel bubbler s ystem dip tube upward inside the tub of the immersion freezer. The bubbler syste m was part of the liquid control system that maintained the level of liquid nitr ogen in the immersion freezer tub. Soon after the freezer was restarted, liquid nitrogen in the immersion freezer tub overflowed onto the floor due to the damag ed dip tube. The liquid nitrogen that spilled out of the freezer converted to va por due to the changes in temperature and pressure and displaced oxygen from the air. The three maintenance employees succumbed to the oxygen deficient atmosphe re inside the freezer room. The plant superintendent, a maintenance employee, an d a quality control technician went to the freezer room and attempted to help th e employees when they also died due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere.
Keywords: asphyxiated, chemical vapor, freezer compartment, maintenance, nitrogen, overcome by vapors, oxygen deficiency, repair, spill
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1512132.015 Fatality
2 1512132.015 Hospitalized injury Managers and administrators, n.e.c
3 1512132.015 Hospitalized injury Production helpers
4 1512132.015 Fatality
5 1512132.015 Fatality
6 1512132.015 Fatality Quality Assurance Inspector
7 1512132.015 Fatality
8 1512132.015 Hospitalized injury Production helpers
9 1512132.015 Fatality Laborers, except construction

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