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Inspection: 308726975 - Crystal Co-Op Grain & Feed

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota

Nr: 308726975Report ID: 0552700Open Date: 10/25/2005

Crystal Co-Op Grain & Feed
303 Railroad Street
Vernon Center, MN 56090
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/16/2005
Close Case:05/17/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100510767    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $4,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 182065302 01/12/2006 06/09/2006 $1,250 $2,500 $0 02/03/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100147 C04 I 01/12/2006 02/05/2006 $500 $1,000 $0 02/03/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003A Serious 19100272 E01 I 01/12/2006 02/05/2006 $750 $1,500 $0 02/03/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01003B Serious 19100272 E01 II 01/12/2006 02/05/2006 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 01004 Serious 19100272 I01 01/12/2006 02/05/2006 $500 $1,000 $0 02/03/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01005 Serious 19100272 L01 I 01/12/2006 02/05/2006 $1,000 $1,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200514016Event: 10/25/2005Three Employees Are Among Those Burned In Grain Explosion
In the early morning hours of October 25, 2005, Employees #1, #2, and #3 were among several customers and employees at a feed mill and grain elevator. An explosion occurred affecting the areas around the head house. It also sent out a fireball. A semi truck parked between the elevator and the feed mill was being unloaded at the time; it was covered with debris. Employees and customers were in the immediate area; most were able to flee the building after the explosion. Six people were injured, three of them employees. All were taken to nearby hospitals, with two transferred to specialized burn centers. Employees #1, #2, and #3 were hospitalized with burns and scalds. The initial explosion and fireball were short lived, with only a few small spot fires remaining. The elevator and feed mill received significant structural damage.
Keywords: burn, fire, feed mill, explosion, grain elevator, grain dust
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 308726975 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Elevator operators
2 308726975 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Elevator operators
3 308726975 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Elevator operators

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