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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 316034545 - Ese Alcohol Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita

Nr: 316034545Report ID: 0729700Open Date: 11/22/2011

Ese Alcohol Inc.
310 E. Highway 96
Leoti, KS 67861
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2869/Industrial Organic Chemicals, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 325193/Ethyl Alcohol Manufacturing
Mailing: Po Box 848, Leoti, KS 67861

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/22/2011
Close Case:07/05/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $10,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,200
Current Penalty $5,880 $0 $0 $1,260 $0 $7,140
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100023 C03 02/17/2012 03/07/2012 $2,940 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 19100146 C03 02/17/2012 06/30/2012 $2,940 $4,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 19101200 E01 02/17/2012 03/21/2012 $1,260 $1,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201345915Event: 11/20/2011Employee Dies After Fall Into Fermentation Tank
On November 20, 2011, Employee #1 opened an access door on the top of a fermentation tank to perform tank prewash activities utilizing a high-pressure water hose to presoak the sides and agitators inside of the tank. The tank was energized and the agitators were turning. The tank was approximately 18 ft deep and contained approximately 4 ft of finished liquid product the employer described as "13 percent beer". Sometime during the presoaking activity, Employee #1 fell into the tank for an unknown reason. There were no witnesses to his activities. Coworkers found Employee #1 unresponsive on the bottom of the tank. He was pronounced dead at the scene by a local physician.
Keywords: asphyxiated, alcohol, confined space, cleaning, hose, high pressure, fall, tank, door, water
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316034545 Fatality Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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