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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312149024 - Dubois Harvesting, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ft. Lauderdale

Nr: 312149024Report ID: 0418800Open Date: 08/28/2008

Dubois Harvesting, Inc.
Acme Dairy Rd., 2 Mi South Of Boynton Beach Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0139/Field Crops, Except Cash Grains, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 111219/Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming
Mailing: 5450 Flavor Pict Rd., Boynton Beach, FL 33436

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/03/2008
Emphasis: S:HispanicClose Case:01/13/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
Current Penalty $6,300 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 12/16/2008 01/13/2009 $6,300 $6,300 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200677490Event: 08/27/2008Employee Dies Of Hyperthermia While Working On Farm
At approximately 4:45 p.m. on August 27, 2008, an employee was working as a farm laborer. He had just finished drinking water in the bus that was parked at the farm field. The crew leader had instructed the employee to go back to the field and continue working. The employee then proceeded to run down the field and did not listen to the crew leader's request. The crew leader then called the field supervisor to respond to the employee's actions to find out whether the employee walked off the job or continued to work on the field. The field supervisor and the crew leader then got inside the pick-up truck and proceeded to look for the employee. Within approximately twenty minutes, both of them noticed the employee on the ground laying on his back and foaming through the mouth. They lifted the employee from the ground and placed him inside the pick-up truck with the air-conditioning turned on. The employee's shirt was unbuttoned and water was being applied over the employee's body. The employee was taken back to the bus, so more water can be placed over his body. The field supervisor then placed the employee in the pick-up truck and drove to Boynton Beach Blvd and Acne Dairy Road to wait for the emergency response crew to arrive. When the ambulance arrived, the employee was still breathing and was taken to J.F.K. Hospital. According to the West Palm Examiner's office, the employee died of hyperthermia.
Keywords: cardiovasc system, agriculture, heat stroke, heat exhaustion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312149024 Fatality Heat Exhaustion Occupation not reported

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