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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 303917769 - Florida Potting Soils, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Tampa

Nr: 303917769Report ID: 0420600Open Date: 10/02/2000

Florida Potting Soils, Inc.
3483 Overland Road
Apopka, FL 32703
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2875/Fertilizers, Mixing Only
Mailing: P. O. Box 547008, Orlando, FL 32854

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/09/2001
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:09/19/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $9,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,800
Current Penalty $7,350 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,350
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100146 C01 03/13/2001 03/19/2001 $3,675 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100146 C02 03/13/2001 03/21/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01001C Serious 19100146 C04 03/13/2001 04/15/2001 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01002 Serious 19100147 C04 II 03/13/2001 04/15/2001 $3,675 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202311254Event: 09/29/2000Employee Killed When Buried By Soil In Hopper
On September 29, 2000, employees were performing maintenance operations by welding a metal plate to the side of hopper number three to cover a crack on the hopper wall. Employee #1, a maintenance employee, entered the hopper to set up to weld the metal plate. A loader operator, who was not aware of the work in progress, inadvertently poured soil into the hopper. The loader operator had received instructions, by the process operator, to start filling the hoppers with the soil components, in order to start a batch of "hard wood fines compost." Employee #1 died after being inadvertently buried under about 6 yards of soil.
Keywords: maintenance, asphyxiated, confined space, fertilizer mixing, lockout, hopper, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303917769 Fatality Asphyxia Machinery maintenance occupations

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