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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 964263.015 - Midwest Farmers Cooperative

Inspection Information - Office: Omaha

Nr: 964263.015Report ID: 0728900Open Date: 03/21/2014

Midwest Farmers Cooperative
600 South 10th Street
Tecumseh, NE 68450
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 424510/Grain and Field Bean Merchant Wholesalers
Mailing: 600 South 10th Street, Tecumseh, NE 68450

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/03/2014
Emphasis: L:GrainClose Case:10/25/2016

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident877643    
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 10 10
Current Violations 4 3 7
Initial Penalty $62,101 $0 $0 $0 $0 $62,101
Current Penalty $25,200 $0 $0 $12,600 $0 $37,800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $6,300 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Serious 5A0001 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $6,300 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Serious 5A0001 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $6,300 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 4. 01004 Serious 5A0001 07/09/2014 11/20/2014 $0 $4,501 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 19100023 A05 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $2,700 $2,700 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Other 19100111 B03 II 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $3,600 $3,600 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007A Other 19100111 B10 IV 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $6,300 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01007B Other 19100134 E01 07/09/2014 03/20/2015 $0 $3,600 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 01008A Serious 19100120 Q01 07/09/2014 02/29/2016 $6,300 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 01008B Serious 19100120 Q06 II 07/09/2014 02/29/2016 $0 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 11. 01009 Serious 19100120 Q03 IV 07/09/2014 08/25/2014 $0 $6,300 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 12. 01012 Serious 19100305 G01 IV 07/09/2014 $0 $3,600 $0 07/15/2014 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 59508.015Event: 03/20/2014One Employee Killed; Two Injured In Ammonia Explosion
At 6:00 p.m. on March 20, 2014, Employee#1, a tanker/grain truck driver, was exposed to an Anhydrous Ammonia release while transferring Anhydrous Ammonia from a Tanker Trailer, Vin# 1M9AT9025WH355833, into the Anhydrous Ammonia bulk storage tank (1 -15,000 gallons). Employee #1 was approximately 15 minutes into the process when the "bleeder tank" attached to the #1 bulk storage tank's bulkhead, exploded; releasing ammonia. The employee was transported by local EMS to the hospital where he later succumbed from the exposure. Two other employees in the area were also exposed during the release. Employee#2 was working at the shop, approximately 50 feet from the anhydrous plant. Employee #2 was exposed during evacuation as he walked into a vapor cloud. Employee #3 was working on the railroad track next to the anhydrous plant and was exposed when the wind blew a vapor cloud in the direction of his work area. Employees #2 and #3 were treated for anhydrous ammonia exposure at the hospital and released the same day.
Keywords: ammonia, pressure vessel, explosion, chemical
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 964263.015 Fatality Other Truck Driver: Heavy/Tractor-Trailer

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