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Inspection: 1848753 - Continental Grain Company

Inspection Information - Office: Inactive-Norfolk

Nr: 1848753Report ID: 0316110Open Date: 09/11/1984

Continental Grain Company
8801 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23505
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4491/Marine Cargo Handling
Mailing: Po Box 3387 Custom House Station, Norfolk, VA 00000

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/01/1984
Planning Guide: Safety-Maritime Close Case:05/06/1985

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $840 $0 $0 $0 $0 $840
Current Penalty $210 $0 $0 $100 $0 $310
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19180025 A 10/29/1984 11/01/1984 $100 $210 $0 11/28/1984 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19180092 C 10/29/1984 10/30/1984 $210 $210 $0 11/28/1984 R - Review Commission
Deleted 3. 01003 Serious 19180093 C 10/29/1984 12/12/1984 $100 $420 $0 11/28/1984 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14508527Event: 09/11/1984Employee Asphyxiated In Corn Barge
Some employees were unloading a 195-ft by 135-ft grain barge at a Norfolk, VA grain elevator. This barge had been loaded with 20 to 21 percent moist yellow field corn on September 1, 1984, at an Elizabeth City, NC grain elevator. It traveled via tug to Norfolk on September 4, 1984. On September 11, 1984, at approximately 3:30 am, an employee entered the aft starboard personnel hatch on the barge to retrieve a rope. Only the center hatch cover (1 of 12 covers) was removed. The employee entered the barge without using a ladder or flashlight. He had conducted no atmospheric tests before entry. Within 1 to 2 minutes after entry, the employee called for help. He lost consciousness, landed face down in the corn, and was asphyxiated. Four other employees entered the barge without respiratory protection and were transported to, and treated at, a local hospital. Subsequent atmospheric tests taken 7 to 8 hours later, after the barge had been open for 3 to 4 hours, did not reveal an oxygen deficient atmosphere or any toxic substances.
Keywords: asphyxiated, compartment, barge, confined space, grain, hatch, corn
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1848753 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
2 1848753 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported
3 1848753 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported
4 1848753 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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