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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Inside the sugar plant in Fairless Hills, nobody could find Janio Salinas, a 50-year-old temp worker from just over the New Jersey border. Coming back from lunch that day in February 2013, one employee said he had seen Salinas digging in the sugar. But when he looked back, Salinas was gone. All that remained was a shovel buried up to its handle. Then, peering through a small gap in the bottom of the hopper, someone noticed what appeared to be blue jeans. It was Salinas. He had been buried alive in sugar. A safety device that would have prevented Salinas' death had been removed just 13 days before the accident because a manager believed it was slowing down production.

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Eventually, the company decided to install a screen over the hopper to prevent clogging. But 13 days before the accident, according to OSHA, the plant manager ordered it removed because it was slowing down production.

Around the same time, the plant had a near miss when a worker started to slide into sugar while unclogging the hopper. That worker was able to get to the side in time, the report said. Despite that scare, the screen was never put back on.

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Considering that they removed the safety device that would have prevented the death, and after another incident proved the need for such a device, the plant manager should be charged with negligent homicide.

#1 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-07-08 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

I insure grain elevators and other food processing businesses. This exposure is present in these industries.

Recently, OSHA issued a statement saying that they were going to send every work place fatality file to the DOJ for their consideration of whether or not to file criminal charges against someone.

www.oshalawupdate.com

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2014-07-08 09:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hey, It's just the cost of doing business. There's plenty of more Mexicans crossing the border to replace him.

#3 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-08 09:04 AM | Reply | Flag:

I don't blame anyone for not trusting the government. What's disturbing, however, is how many people who don't trust government have this child like, Easter Bunny faith in the private sector. Things like this happen and they make like Atlas and shrug it off. They believe that doing the profitable thing is the same as doing the right thing. There is no shortage of people who will do anything for money. We need a strong government to keep them in line.

#4 | Posted by squinch at 2014-07-08 09:56 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 4

Grain elevators are scary places.

#5 | Posted by LarryMohr at 2014-07-08 11:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

I'm sure the free market will fix this ASAP. Watch this company go out of business from the boycotts surely to follow. I'll bet Snapple is looking for a new sugar supplier as we type.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2014-07-08 07:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

now I'm wondering why my morning coffee tastes like tacos

#7 | Posted by truthhurts at 2014-07-09 10:10 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

I'm sure the free market will fix this ASAP. Watch this company go out of business from the boycotts surely to follow.

#6 | POSTED BY JPW AT 2014-07-08 07:51 PM | FLAG:

What do you think their insurance company is going to do? Pretend like it didn't happen? or mandate the safety mechanism?

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-10 11:45 AM | Reply | Flag:

What do you think their insurance company is going to do?

#8 | Posted by sitzkrieg

Same thing all insurance companies do. Hire expensive sleazebags to find a way not to pay any claims.

#9 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2014-07-10 11:51 AM | Reply | Flag:

Same thing all insurance companies do. Hire expensive sleazebags to find a way not to pay any claims.

#9 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2014-07-10 11:51 AM | FLAG:

Never worked in insurance huh? My wife does. The other thing they do is make myriad safety rules you have to comply with or lose your coverage. The rules are mostly reactionary and come about because of tragedies like this.

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-10 12:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

#10 | Posted by sitzkrieg

They had those rules before, how did that work out?

#11 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2014-07-10 12:23 PM | Reply | Flag:

Considering that they removed the safety device that would have prevented the death, and after another incident proved the need for such a device, the plant manager should be charged with negligent homicide.
#1 | Posted by Lohocla at 2014-07-08 08:50 AM

Agreed.

#12 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-10 01:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

They had those rules before, how did that work out?

#11 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST AT 2014-07-10 12:23 PM | FLAG:

I don't know what their insurance policy said prior to the accident, I'm not their underwriter and I'd have to ask my wife what the common exceptions are. A $20k fine from OSHA though is a very small risk compared to the exposure of losing your insurance policy.

#13 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2014-07-10 02:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Industry Self-Regulation"

More often than not this is a joke.

#14 | Posted by Tor at 2014-07-10 09:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

I hope they take the cost of filling out the paperwork for this lazy ass employee dying on the job out of his final check. That'll show him.

#15 | Posted by 726 at 2014-07-11 09:02 AM | Reply | Flag:

Self regalatin iz hard werk. Peepul don't need the govment gettin in the way of them puttin food on their famlee... or buzness puttin their famlee in food.

#16 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2014-07-11 11:00 AM | Reply | Flag:

At the heart of this tragedy is a poorly designed hopper. If the hopper had been designed to provide mass flow, instead of conical flow (which sluffs sugar grains randomly), the bottom would rise and fall more evenly, thus decreasing the possibility of even needing to enter the hopper and fix bridging or ratholing problems which disrupt even flow. The geometry of the hopper needs to take account of the properties of the contents including the angle of repose of the sugar.

#17 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-07-11 02:53 PM | Reply | Flag:

He self-deported.

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-11 07:19 PM | Reply | Flag:

It is still cheaper to lose a few Mexicans than fix the actual problem. That's one of the reasons there are 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. They will risk being sucked down the hopper for 10 bucks. I would never do that job. They couldn't afford me. But if I, or worse, one of my kids did get sucked down the hopper we would own that plant.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-11 07:29 PM | Reply | Flag:

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