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Inspection: 310937412 - Northwest Missouri Biofuels, Llc.

Inspection Information - Office: Kansas City

Nr: 310937412Report ID: 0728500Open Date: 04/08/2008

Northwest Missouri Biofuels, Llc.
1201 S. 6th Street
St Joseph, MO 64501
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2869/Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 325199/All Other Basic Organic Chemical Manufacturing
Mailing: 4745 West 136th Street, Suite B, Leawood, KS 66224

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Health Close Conference:08/29/2008
Emphasis: N:PsmpqvClose Case:02/13/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100003946    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 19 2 21
Current Violations 19 2 21
Initial Penalty $39,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $39,750
Current Penalty $93,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $93,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100119 C01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,250 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100119 D02 I 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,250 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100119 D03 I 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01003 Serious 19100119 E01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100119 F01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01005 Serious 19100119 F04 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01006 Serious 19100119 G01 I 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01007 Serious 19100119 H02 V 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,250 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 01008 Serious 19100119 I01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 01009 Serious 19100119 J02 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 01010 Serious 19100119 L01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  12. 01011 Serious 19100119 M01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,250 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  13. 01012A Serious 19100119 N 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  14. 01012B Serious 19100120 Q01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  15. 01012C Serious 19100120 Q06 III 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  16. 01013 Serious 19100134 D02 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  17. 01014 Serious 19100146 D05 I 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  18. 01015 Serious 19100146 E01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,250 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  19. 01016 Serious 19100146 G01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  20. 01017A Serious 19100146 K01 IV 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $2,500 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  21. 01017B Serious 19100146 K01 V 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  22. 01017C Serious 19100146 K03 I 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  23. 01018A Serious 19101200 E01 II 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,750 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  24. 01018B Serious 19101200 F05 I 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  25. 01018C Serious 19101200 F05 II 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  26. 01019 Serious 19101200 H01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $3,740 $1,750 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  27. 02001 Other 19100134 E01 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  28. 02002 Other 19100134 F02 08/29/2008 03/03/2009 $0 $0 $0 09/19/2008 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200002699Event: 04/07/2007Employee Dies From Hypoxia In Confined Space
At approximately 4:15 p.m. on April 7, 2007, Employee #1, who worked for a biodiesel manufacturing facility, was cleaning sediment and bottom fat sludge from an empty rail tank car. The Plant Manager had instructed Employee #1 to enter the empty rail tank car without following required procedures or providing necessary equipment when entering a permit required confined space. Employee #1 fell to the bottom of the 10 foot tank, either from hypoxia, inhaling toxic vessel gases, or foot slippage, hitting his head on the tank. The Plant Manager, following his cry for help, tried to initiate a rescue but was also overcome by gases and fell midway off the rope ladder onto Employee #1. Employee #1 was transported to Heartland Regional Medical Center and later pronounced dead. The Plant manager also was transported to Heartland Hospital, treated for his injuries, and stayed overnight. The Plant manager is not listed in the injury inspection report.
Keywords: asphyxiated, vapor, confined space, ppe, railroad tank car, gas, fall, chemical vapor, process safety, overexposure
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310937412 Fatality Asphyxia Mixing and blending machine operators

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