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Inspection: 304589971 - Roe Farm Service, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Syracuse

Nr: 304589971Report ID: 0215800Open Date: 03/16/2002

Roe Farm Service, Inc.
6 Sands Street
Philadelphia, NY 13673
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2046/Wet Corn Milling
Mailing: P.O. Box 10, Philadelphia, NY 13673

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/11/2002
Emphasis: L:Fall, L:Foodpro, N:Amputate, S:Food ProcessingClose Case:08/05/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100880988    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 12 12
Current Violations 12 12
Initial Penalty $5,250 $5,250
Current Penalty $4,000 $4,000
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100023 C01 07/05/2002 08/07/2002 $285 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100023 E01 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002 Serious 19100024 B 07/05/2002 07/23/2002 $250 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01003A Serious 19100027 B01 II 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $285 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01003B Serious 19100027 D02 07/05/2002 08/07/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 01003C Serious 19100027 D03 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 01004 Serious 19100151 C 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $285 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 01005 Serious 19100212 A01 07/05/2002 07/23/2002 $285 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 01006A Serious 19100219 D01 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $285 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 01006B Serious 19100219 E03 I 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 01006C Serious 19100219 I02 07/05/2002 07/23/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 01007 Serious 19100254 D08 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $250 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  13. 01008A Serious 19100272 G01 I 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $285 $375 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  14. 01008B Serious 19100272 G01 III 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  15. 01009A Serious 19100272 G02 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $1,040 $1,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  16. 01009B Serious 19100272 G03 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  17. 01009C Serious 19100272 G04 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  18. 01009D Serious 19100272 G06 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  19. 01010 Serious 19100272 I01 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $250 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  20. 01011 Serious 19100272 M 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $250 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  21. 01012A Serious 19100307 B 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $250 $300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  22. 01012B Serious 19100305 G01 III 07/05/2002 07/10/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200880649Event: 03/15/2002Employee Asphyxiated After Being Engulfed Inside Storage Bin
On March 15, 2002, Employee #1, of Roe Farm Service, Inc., was operating the Flaked Corn System and other associated equipment, which includes crushing and cooling before filling the storage bins with the processed material. Employee #1 was found inside of a flaked corn storage bin with a shovel and was apparently shoveling the material to make room for an estimated half-ton of the flaked corn that remained in the cooler. A coworker noticed that the flaked corn system blower was still operating at 6:30 p.m. and knew that Employee #1 had been operating the system earlier and should have been done by this time. The coworker shut off the blower and called for Employee #1, but got no reply. The coworker began looking for the employee and noticed that the cover to the Flaked Corn Bin #13 was open. The coworker climbed the ladder to the top and saw Employee #1's hands protruding from the corn, he also saw a shovel on top of the corn. It appears Employee #1 entered Bin #13 without complying with confined space requirements to shovel material away from the fill chute in order to get the remaining material from the cooler into the bin. The bin had a void inside which was created when material was removed by the bottom auger and the material above became bridged. When Employee #1 entered the bin from the top, the bridged area inside of the bin gave way under the combined weight of the added material from the fill chute and Employee #1. Employee #1 was engulfed by the corn and asphyxiated. Employee #1 died of asphyxia.
Keywords: asphyxiated, confined space, storage bin, guard, equipment operator, fixed ladder, fall, bridged material, shovel, grain bin
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 304589971 Fatality Asphyxia Crushing and grinding machine operators

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