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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303609242 - Young Living Essential Oils Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Utah

Nr: 303609242Report ID: 0854910Open Date: 08/18/2000

Young Living Essential Oils Llc
250 S Main St
Payson, UT 84651
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2834/Pharmaceutical Preparations
Mailing: 3125 West Executive Way, Lehi, UT 84043

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/01/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/26/2002
Emphasis: S:Manufacturing

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362652497    
 Complaint201551843 Yes Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 7 4 11
Current Violations 7 4 11
Initial Penalty $8,100 $0 $0 $830 $0 $8,930
Current Penalty $8,100 $0 $0 $830 $0 $8,930
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 10005 D03 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $1,350 $1,350 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 10006 A 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $1,350 $1,350 $0 -
  3. 01003A Serious 19100134 A02 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $1,350 $1,350 $0 -
  4. 01003B Serious 19100134 E01 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 01003C Serious 19100134 F01 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 01003D Serious 19100134 D01 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 01004 Serious 19100146 C04 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $1,350 $1,350 $0 -
  8. 01005 Serious 19100147 C01 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $1,350 $1,350 $0 -
  9. 01006 Serious 19100219 E01 12/07/2000 12/14/2000 $1,350 $1,350 $0 -
  10. 01007 Serious 19100252 C04 I 12/07/2000 12/27/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  11. 02001A Other 10005 E11 12/07/2000 12/14/2000 $225 $225 $0 -
  12. 02001B Other 19100179 J02 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  13. 02001C Other 19100179 J03 12/07/2000 01/26/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  14. 02002 Other 19100212 B 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $190 $190 $0 -
  15. 02003A Other 19100303 B01 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $190 $190 $0 -
  16. 02003B Other 19100303 B02 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  17. 02003C Other 19100305 B02 12/07/2000 12/14/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  18. 02003D Other 19100305 G01 III 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  19. 02003E Other 19100334 A02 I 12/07/2000 12/13/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  20. 02004 Other 19101200 G08 12/07/2000 12/14/2000 $225 $225 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 171059678Event: 08/17/2000Employee Killed When Struck By Lid Of Pressure Steamer
Employee #1 was in charge of monitoring the process of using steam to distill essential oils from plant material. The 8 ft deep steam distillation vessel has an inner diameter of 89 1/2 in. and a conical-type lid that fastens on top. The vessel is positioned so that the lid joint is approximately 2 1/2 in. above the working platform--waist level--so the operator can access it. Plant material is placed on top of a removable grate/screen, compacted, and secured before the lid is fastened by a series of 12 strongback devices. Steam is then applied at the bottom at a pressure range of between 95 and 125 psi. The steam travels up through the material, extracting the essential oil, and then through a 10 in. wide opening in the lid that tapers down to 2 1/2 in. before entering a cold water condenser tube, where the oil/water vapor is converted to a liquid. The liquid is captured and run through a separator, where the essential oil is separated from the water for collection. The process lasts for approximately 2 1/2 hours. At the time of the accident, the material had been processing for between 40 and 45 minutes when, for some reason, the vessel began to overpressurize, causing a critical upset condition and a rupture at the lid/cover joint. Employee #1 was standing directly next to the vessel when the lid violently separated from it, discharging the pressure and material outward. He was struck in the head, and died as a result of his injuries.
Keywords: head, pressure vessel, work rules, distiller, rupture, steam, high pressure, struck by, flying object, pressure release
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303609242 Fatality Other Farm workers

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