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Inspection: 302332317 - G.P.R. Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Allentown

Nr: 302332317Report ID: 0317900Open Date: 09/24/2001

G.P.R. Co.
200 First Ave.
Royersford, PA 19468
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2066/Chocolate and Cocoa Products

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/06/2001
Emphasis: S:Food ProcessingClose Case:11/17/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101320307    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 22 3 25
Current Violations 22 3 25
Initial Penalty $16,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $16,200
Current Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100022 A02 01/09/2002 02/01/2002 $225 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100022 B01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $200 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100023 A07 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19100022 D01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $300 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100023 A08 01/09/2002 01/28/2002 $800 $1,050 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01005 Serious 19100023 C01 01/09/2002 01/28/2002 $300 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01006 Serious 19100027 F 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $200 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01007 Serious 19100028 A01 01/09/2002 04/12/2002 $300 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01008A Serious 19100132 D02 01/09/2002 03/29/2002 $200 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01008B Serious 19100132 F01 01/09/2002 03/29/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01008C Serious 19100133 A01 01/09/2002 01/28/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 01008D Serious 19100138 A 01/09/2002 01/28/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  13. 01008E Serious 19100151 C 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  14. 01009A Serious 19100146 C01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $500 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  15. 01009B Serious 19100146 D03 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  16. 01009C Serious 19100146 G01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  17. 01010A Serious 19100147 C01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $500 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  18. 01010B Serious 19100147 C04 I 01/09/2002 02/22/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  19. 01010C Serious 19100147 C07 I 01/09/2002 02/27/2002 $0 $0 $0 -
  20. 01011 Serious 19100157 G01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $200 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  21. 01012A Serious 19100178 L01 I 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $200 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  22. 01013 Serious 19100212 A01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  23. 01014 Serious 19100212 A03 II 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $875 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  24. 01015 Serious 19100219 C04 I 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  25. 01016A Serious 19100219 D01 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  26. 01016B Serious 19100219 E03 I 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  27. 01017 Serious 19100219 I01 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  28. 01018 Serious 19100303 G01 01/09/2002 03/01/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  29. 01019 Serious 19100303 G02 I 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  30. 01020 Serious 19100305 E01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $750 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  31. 01021A Serious 19100305 G01 III 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $600 $600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  32. 01021B Serious 19100305 G02 I 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  33. 01022 Serious 19100305 G02 III 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $250 $450 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  34. 02001 Other 19100303 F 01/09/2002 01/17/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  35. 02002 Other 19101200 E01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  36. 02003 Other 19101200 H01 01/09/2002 02/11/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 14258388Event: 09/24/2001Employee Killed When Ribbon Blender Starts
On September 24, 2001, Employee #1 of G.P.R. Co. was cleaning a ribbon blender with water by using a pressure washer, with the bottom doors open. The ribbon blender was used to blend dry food mixes e.g., hot chocolates and other drink mixes, cake mixes, etc. The body of the machine was approximately 10 ft long, 4 ft wide and 5 ft deep, and was accessed from a platform, approximately 10.5 ft off the floor. After machine was cleaned with water, Employee #1 entered the mixer body with a rag to clean or dry the blades, or its sides. When he entered the ribbon blender the machine started and Employee #1 was caught and crushed by the mixing blades. Employee #1 sustained multiple blunt traumas to the chest and was killed. There was a report that the machine could not re-start and the mechanic was called. He found that the machine could be started after pressing the reset button. Not knowing that Employee #1 was in the mixer body, the mechanic pressed the "off" button and left the area. The Employee #1 was found dead in the mixer a short while later. There was no written or enforced procedure for turning off or locking out power to the machine during cleaning or repair, although the electrical control box was removed from the machine and accessed from the floor, rather than from the platform.
Keywords: chest, mixer blade, platform, guard, work rules, cleaning, mixer, lockout, caught between
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302332317 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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