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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300581568 - Supreme Feed Mill, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock

Nr: 300581568Report ID: 0627400Open Date: 11/17/2000

Supreme Feed Mill, Inc.
600 Railroad Av.
Slaton, TX 79364
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2048/Prepared Feed and Feed Ingredients for Animals and Fowls, Except Dogs and Cats
Mailing: P.O. Box 520 ., Slaton, TX 79364

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/18/2000
Close Case:03/30/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 D 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $500 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100272 E01 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $500 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003A Serious 19100272 G01 I 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $500 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003B Serious 19100272 G01 IV 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01003C Serious 19100272 G02 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01003D Serious 19100272 G03 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01003E Serious 19100272 G04 03/07/2001 03/30/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200810836Event: 11/16/2000Employee Dies Of Asphyxia When Buried In Wheat Bin
At approximately 4:45 p.m. on November 16, 2000, Employee #1, a lead warehouseman, and two coworkers entered bin #2 and were shoveling wheat midds from the upper sides of the bin toward the lower auger draw area. They had been working for approximately one hour when Employee #1 engaged in horseplay by jumping on the midds at the sides, breaking them loose, then riding the midds down toward the auger draw area. The last time he did this, he became stuck at about knee depth and couldn't free himself. The two coworkers tried to help extricate him, but were unsuccessful. By this time, Employee #1 was waist deep in the wheat midds and one of the coworkers went to shut off the auger and call 911. By the time the auger was shut down and the 911 call made, the second coworker had freed himself from the grain and exited the bin. He told the first coworker that Employee #1 had gone under and it was too late to save him. Employee #1 died of asphyxia. All three crew members had been in the space, standing on the wheat midds, without wearing safety belts and harnesses and without being tied off. Their entry into the space was not performed in accordance with either company or standard permit-required confined space entry protocols.
Keywords: asphyxiated, lifeline, confined space, work rules, flowing material, fall protection, buried, tie-off, grain bin, horseplay
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300581568 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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