Inspection: 316365303 - The Smithfield Packing Company, Incorporated

Inspection Information - Office: Nc Raleigh
Nr: 316365303Report ID:0453710Open Date: 06/01/2012
The Smithfield Packing Company, Incorporated
15855 Nc Hwy 87 West
Tar Heel, NC 28392
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2011/Meat Packing Plants
NAICS: 311611/Animal (except Poultry) Slaughtering
Mailing: 15855 Hwy 87 West, Tar Heel, NC 28392
Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:CompleteAdvanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:SafetyClose Conference:11/19/2012
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/30/2015
Emphasis: N:Psmpqv,N:Sstarg11,S:Program Improvement,S:Sst
Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident100363621    
 Complaint208796110 Yes Yes
 Complaint208829952 Yes Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 21

1
7

29
Current Violations 21

1
7

29
Initial Penalty 114450

12600
1950

129000
Current Penalty 85840

9450
1460

96750
FTA Amount






Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Repeat 19100212 A03 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $9450 $12600 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Repeat 19100212 A01 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 19100023 C01 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02002 Serious 19100023 E01 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $2438 $3250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02003 Serious 19100024 B 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $1463 $1950 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02004 Serious 19100024 F 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $1463 $1950 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02005A Serious 19100027 D01 III 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 02005B Serious 19100027 B01 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 02006 Serious 19100119 D03 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  10. 02007A Serious 19100119 F01 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 02007B Serious 19100119 F03 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 02008 Serious 19100119 G03 11/21/2012 12/17/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  13. 02009 Serious 19100119 F04 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  14. 02010 Serious 19100119 H02 V 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  15. 02011 Serious 19100119 J02 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  16. 02012 Serious 19100119 N 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  17. 02013A Serious 19100120 Q06 IIA 11/21/2012 12/17/2013 $2438 $3250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  18. 02013B Serious 19100120 Q08 I 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  19. 02014 Serious 19100133 A03 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $2438 $3250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  20. 02015 Serious 19100146 C08 I 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  21. 02016 Serious 19100147 F02 I 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  22. 02017 Serious 19100165 B02 11/21/2012 06/30/2014 $4725 $6300 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  23. 02018 Serious 19100165 B03 11/21/2012 06/30/2014 $4725 $6300 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
  24. 02019 Serious 19100212 A05 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  25. 02020 Serious 19100305 B01 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  26. 02021 Serious 19100305 G02 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $4725 $6300 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  27. 03001A Other 19100119 E05 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $730 $975 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  28. 03001B Other 19100119 D03 IE 11/21/2012 01/07/2013 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  29. 03001C Other 19100119 D02 IC 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  30. 03002 Other 19100212 B 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $730 $975 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  31. 03003A Other 19100303 G01 I 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  32. 03003B Other 19100303 G01 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  33. 03004 Other 19100305 B01 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  34. 03005 Other 19100305 B02 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  35. 03006 Other 19100305 G01 IVA 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  36. 03007 Other 19100334 A02 II 11/21/2012 11/26/2012 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200360915Event: 05/31/2012Six Employees Hospitalized Following Ammonia Release
On May 31, 2012, Employees #1 through #6 were working for the Smithfield Packing Company, Inc. The narrative did not state their occupations. When an evaporator that had been deactivated was mistakenly activated by a worker, approximately 68.5 pounds (31 kilograms) of ammonia were released on an overhead catwalk. Employees #1 through #6 inhaled the fumes, and they were transported to a hospital. Employee #1 was not hospitalized, but Employees #2 through #6 were. The narrative did not specify whether the inadvertent release of the ammonia was caused by a coworker or one of the six employees who were injured.
Keywords: refrigerator, refrigerant, chemical, ammonia, pressure release, toxic fumes, chemical vapor, inhalation, lung
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316365303 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
2 316365303 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
3 316365303 Non Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
4 316365303 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
5 316365303 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported
6 316365303 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported