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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 309946457 - Riceland Foods

Inspection Information - Office: Little Rock

Nr: 309946457Report ID: 0627100Open Date: 05/16/2006

Riceland Foods
Hwy. 79 & Park Avenue
Stuttgart, AR 72160
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2075/Soybean Oil Mills
NAICS: 311225/Fats and Oils Refining and Blending
Mailing: P.O. Box 927, Stuttgart, AR 72160

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/21/2006
Close Case:06/13/2007

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $5,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Other 19100106 H07 IA 11/13/2006 11/17/2006 $5,000 $5,000 $0 11/30/2006 J - ALJ Decision
Deleted 2. 01001B Serious 19100106 H07 IIB 11/13/2006 11/17/2006 $0 $0 $0 11/30/2006 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200262822Event: 05/16/2006Employee Is Killed By Explosion
Employee #1 was working in the hydrogenation area when he removed the lid from Converter Number 1 and placed it on the ground next to the approximately 25-in.-diameter opening to the converter. Employee #1 then removed the gasket from around the lid and used a wire-brush grinder to remove the silicone that had sealed the gasket to the lid. Converter Number 1 contained a mixture of vegetable oil and hydrogen. While Employee #1 was grinding the lid, sparks mixed with the hydrogen and exploded. Employee #1 was thrown approximately 7 ft into the air and onto some overhead pipes. Employee #1's right arm was severed and he was killed.
Keywords: grinder, severed, hydrogen, struck against, hot cooking oil, explosion, pipe, spark, arm, hand tool
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 309946457 Fatality Burn(Chemical) Occupation not reported

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