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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 316345164 - Bumble Bee Foods Llc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 316345164Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 10/11/2012

Bumble Bee Foods Llc
13100 Arctic Circle
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2091/Canned and Cured Fish and Seafoods
NAICS: 311711/Seafood Canning

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/10/2013
Close Case:04/29/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint208528554 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 2 7
Current Violations 5 2 7
Initial Penalty $71,935 $0 $0 $2,060 $0 $73,995
Current Penalty $71,935 $0 $0 $2,060 $0 $73,995
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A04 04/10/2013 05/13/2013 $935 $935 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  2. 01002 Other 3314 H 04/10/2013 05/13/2013 $1,125 $1,125 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  3. 02001 Serious 5157 C01 04/10/2013 04/20/2013 $6,750 $6,750 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  4. 03001 Serious 5157 C02 04/10/2013 04/20/2013 $8,435 $8,435 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  5. 04001 Serious 5157 C04 04/10/2013 04/20/2013 $6,750 $6,750 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  6. 05001 Serious 5157 D 04/10/2013 04/20/2013 $25,000 $25,000 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew
  7. 06001 Serious 5157 G02 04/10/2013 04/20/2013 $25,000 $25,000 $0 04/29/2013 W - Empr Withdrew

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202478434Event: 10/11/2012Employee Is Caught In Oven And Is Killed
At approximately 6:30 a.m. on October 11, 2012, Employee #1 was engaged in the production of canned tuna, salmon, and other seafood. He was a basket pusher with responsibilities that included using a pallet jack to load 10 horizontal and cylindrical type pressure-cooker ovens called retorts. The ovens were 54 in. in width and height and 36 ft in length. They were used to sterilize aluminum cans for the tuna canning operation. Employee #1 would load each retort with 12 rolling metal baskets. The baskets were approximately 42.5 in. by 46.75 in. by 34.5 in. and filled with cans of tuna. Only one pallet jack was used to load the retort ovens. Shortly after beginning his shift, Employee #1 started loading the retort ovens until he took his first break around 5:45 am. At the start of his shift on that day, his supervisor instructed him to load Retort Oven Number 5. Sometime before 5:00 a.m., a coworker noticed the pallet jack was not being used. He assumed that Employee #1 stepped away from the area. The coworker decided to use the pallet jack and staged four baskets of tuna in front of Retort Oven Number 6. He went to get four more baskets and completed staging eight baskets in front of Retort No. 6. At approximately 5:00 a.m., Employee #1 loaded the eight baskets into one of the ovens. He continued the process until 12 baskets were loaded. Around the same time, the supervisor questioned the coworker about using the pallet jack and began asking other employees if they had seen Employee #1. An announcement was made on the intercom that Employee #1 was missing and could not be located. Several employees started searching the property including the parking lot and noticed Employee #1's vehicle was still there. After searching for approximately 1 hour, a coworker, the boiler operator, suggested they open the last oven that was loaded. After letting the retort cool for approximately 30 minutes, they opened the front end of Retort Number 6 and found nothing. They went around to the exit side of Retort Number 6 opened the door and found Employee #1. The fire department was summoned. At approximately 7:20 a.m., they arrived and pronounced Employee #1 had died. From the coroner's report, Employee #1 had sustained a fatal thermal injury from being trapped inside Retort Oven Number 6. The oven was not identified or treated as a confined space.
Keywords: oven, caught by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316345164 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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