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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 316222645 - Wm. P. Hearne Produce Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Tampa

Nr: 316222645Report ID: 0420600Open Date: 11/16/2011

Wm. P. Hearne Produce Llc
79851 Carter Rd
Palmetto, FL 34221
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0161/Vegetables and Melons
NAICS: 111219/Other Vegetable (except Potato) and Melon Farming
Mailing: 707 W. Lake Dr, Wimauma, FL 33598

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/04/2012
Emphasis: L:Ohpwrlne, S:Electrical, S:HispanicClose Case:05/01/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $9,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $9,900
Current Penalty $6,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $6,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 04/04/2012 04/22/2012 $4,500 $6,300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 04/04/2012 05/07/2012 $2,000 $3,600 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202567764Event: 11/16/2011Employee Is Electrocuted
On November 16, 2011, Employee #1 was tasked to spray fungicide at an agricultural farm using a tractor pulling a 1,200 gallon tank crop sprayer. The sprayer had two metal hydraulic folding booms that were controlled from the tractor cab. On his way to spraying the crops, one of the spray booms that was in the elevated position, made contact with one of the 7,200 volt overhead power lines. After noticing this, the operator stepped out of the cab and walked around the tractor to evaluate the situation. After assessing the situation, the operator decided to get inside the cab again while the boom was still in contact with the overhead power line. Employee #1 came in contact with the energized tractor when he held the tractor rail with his left hand. The electricity that exited through his right boot created a small brush fire. Several coworkers heard a loud noise and ran to the assist the sprayer that lay unconscious in the ground. Resuscitation attempts by coworkers and emergency service professionals could not revive him.
Keywords: unconsciousness, overhead power line, boom, electrician, electrocuted, tractor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316222645 Fatality Electric Shock Farm workers

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