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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312473663 - Cotton Center Farmers Co-Op Gin

Inspection Information - Office: Lubbock

Nr: 312473663Report ID: 0627400Open Date: 12/10/2008

Cotton Center Farmers Co-Op Gin
612 Fm 37
Cotton Center, TX 79021
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0724/Cotton Ginning
NAICS: 115111/Cotton Ginning
Mailing: P.O. Box 247, Cotton Center, TX 79021

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/04/2009
Emphasis: L:Cotongin, S:HispanicClose Case:04/27/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,000
Current Penalty $3,250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 03/05/2009 03/10/2009 $1,500 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19280057 A11 03/05/2009 04/15/2009 $1,750 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200812782Event: 12/10/2008Employee Is Crushed And Killed Inside Press
On December 10, 2008, Employee #1, the operator of a cotton bale press opened a cleanout door for the hydraulic system controlling the pusher plate and crawled inside, apparently to perform cleaning. The gin had been shut down, but the press had not been shut down or locked out. When the press activated unexpectedly, he became caught in the frame for the pusher plate hydraulic cylinder. Employee #1 was crushed and killed. A control system malfunction was suspected, but the reason for the unexpected activation of the press was not determined.
Keywords: cleaning, machine operator, caught by, equipment failure, hydraulic cylinder, lockout, crushed, hydraulic tool, press
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312473663 Fatality Other Compressing and compacting machine operators

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