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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309298396 - Sun Opta Fruit Group

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 309298396Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 07/11/2007

Sun Opta Fruit Group
6220 Descanso Ave
Buena Park, CA 90620
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2037/Frozen Fruits, Fruit Juices, and Vegetables
NAICS: 311411/ Frozen Fruit, Juice, and Vegetable Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:10/15/2007
Close Case:11/18/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102526142    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $185 $0 $185
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $185 $0 $185
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5143 C01 10/19/2007 11/18/2007 $185 $185 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201149002Event: 07/11/2007Several Employees Are Over Exposed To Carbon Dioxide
On July 11, 2007, an employee along with others were assigned to sort through strawberries on the first floor. According to incident investigation conducted by the employer, a carbon dioxide (C02) exhaust pipe coming from the precrusting unit was blocked by a palette of strawberries, causing C02 to build up and enter into the breathing zone of the employees. The employee described that around 9:00 a.m. she felt pressure on her chest and was not able to breath. She went outside to get a fresh breath of air She was found 9 feet away from the blocked exhaust pipe. An evacuation around 10:00-10:30 a.m. was executed by the employer of the entire warehouse. Twenty seven employees were affected and 23 employees went to the hospital. Twenty two employees were released from the hospital the same afternoon. One employee was kept in the hospital overnight for observation and released the next morning.
Keywords: lung, inhalation, gas, carbon dioxide
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309298396 Non Hospitalized injury Other Laborers, except construction

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