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Inspection: 315172338 - Taft Grain & Elevator Company

Inspection Information - Office: Corpus Christi

Nr: 315172338Report ID: 0626000Open Date: 11/09/2010

Taft Grain & Elevator Company
702 1/2 N. Highway 181
Taft, TX 78390
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5153/Grain and Field Beans
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: Po Box 291, Taft, TX 78390

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/22/2011
Emphasis: N:Svep, S:HispanicClose Case:04/22/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100213735    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 4 6
Current Violations 2 4 6
Initial Penalty $6,000 $140,000 $146,000
Current Penalty $1,500 $35,000 $36,500
FTA Amount

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100272 E01 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $750 $3,000 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100272 E02 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $750 $3,000 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Willful 19100272 G01 I 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $8,750 $35,000 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02002 Willful 19100272 G01 II 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $8,750 $35,000 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 02003 Willful 19100272 G02 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $8,750 $35,000 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 02004A Willful 19100272 G03 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $8,750 $35,000 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 02004B Willful 19100272 G04 05/09/2011 09/04/2012 $0 $0 $0 05/31/2011 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200212868Event: 11/10/2010Employee Is Trapped By Grain Cave In
On November 10, 2010, Employee #1, of Taft Grain and Elevator Company, was sent to break up a ball of sorghum, which plugged the gate for the conveyor. Employee #1 got on top of the pile of sorghum. With a PVC pipe, he broke apart the ball of grain, which had formed above the gate. At the same time, a coworker was in the work station tunnel, operating the conveyor and the gates. It is unclear from the narrative, if the coworker witnessed or discovered Employee #1 having been engulfed within the grain pile. No other employees were reported in the building.
Keywords: cave-in, unstable load, grain, conveyor, mech malfunction, unstable position
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 315172338 Fatality Asphyxia Occupation not reported

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