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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 315072918 - Nichols Farms

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno

Nr: 315072918Report ID: 0950625Open Date: 11/30/2011

Nichols Farms
5 1/2 Ave & Idaho Ave
Hanford, CA 93230
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0173/Tree Nuts
NAICS: 111335/Tree Nut Farming
Mailing: 13762 First Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/01/2011
Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)Close Case:06/13/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101085728    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $550 $0 $550
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $550 $0 $550
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3301 E 04/13/2012 05/16/2012 $550 $550 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201495785Event: 11/30/2011Diesel Tank Ruptures, Striking And Killing Worker
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on November 30, 2011, Employee #1, a 51-year-old-male, General Field Laborer with Nichols Farms, located in Hanford CA, was working with two coworkers, emptying an old 1,000 gallon diesel tank that was scheduled to be removed. Employee #1 had hooked up a 125-psi air-compressor to assist emptying the diesel from the tank. The tank bulkhead ruptured from the pressure striking Employee #1 on the head. Employee #1 died as a result of this event.
Keywords: head, diesel fuel tank, cleaning, compressed air, tank cleaning, rupture, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315072918 Fatality Concussion Laborers, except construction

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