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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1213105.015 - Hokto Kinoko Co

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego


Inspection Nr: 1213105.015
Report ID: 0950632
Open Date: 03/01/2017

Site Address:
Hokto Kinoko Co
2033 Marilyn Ln
San Marcos, CA 92069

Mailing Address:
2033 Marilyn Ln, San Marcos, CA 92069

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 111411/Mushroom Production

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/24/2017


Close Case:01/29/2018

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1185793
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $36,000 $0 $0 $5,635 $0 $41,635
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $4,675 $0 $22,675
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 342(A) 07/27/2017 $4,250 $5,000 $0 07/27/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
2. 01002 Other 3272(B) 07/27/2017 08/31/2017 $425 $635 $0 07/27/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
3. 02001 Serious 3384(B) 07/27/2017 $0 $18,000 $0 07/27/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  
4. 03001 Serious 4075(A) 07/27/2017 $18,000 $18,000 $0 07/27/2017 O - Administrative Law Judge Order  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 93570.015
Event: 02/10/2017
Employee Partially Amputates Finger In Unguarded Chain And S

At approximately 4:15 p.m. on February 10, 2017, Employee #1 was working at a jo bsite where specialty mushrooms were grown, packaged, and wholesale distributed. Employee #1 was working in the packaging room for Eryngii mushrooms. These mush rooms traveled in containers on roller conveyors to various stations in the pack ing room. Employees were assigned to clean, clip and package the mushrooms for s hipment. The employees had finished work for the day and were performing daily cleanup in their work areas, which involved sweeping and wiping down the conveyo rs. A team lead coworker was present in the work area and supervising the employ ees. Employees were also cleaning in the second floor Eryngii packing room, usin g brooms, mops, and towels. The packing room was a clean room, where employees w ear coveralls, foot covers, hair nets and latex gloves. The roller conveyor was still running as employees cleaned around their area. There were two sets of ro llers, one was waist high and the other was about shin high. Other conveyors ope rate overhead. There was also a drive mechanism under the rollers. Employee #1 h ad a towel that she was using to wipe down the waist-high set rollers on the eas t side of the room. One end of the towel slipped out of her hand and was caught by an unguarded chain and sprocket drive located under the roller conveyor. She did not shut down the conveyor or apply a lock or tag onto the power source. She reached down to try to pull the towel free with her left hand, but her middle f inger was pulled into the chain and sprocket mechanism. The chain and sprocket p artially amputated the distal phalanx of her left middle finger. The lead cowork er, who was mopping nearby, heard Employee #1 cry out and went over to help. The team lead also applied first aid. The chain and sprocket drive was normally enc losed in a yellow metal box, but the cover had been knocked off at some point da ys or weeks prior to the incident. Employee #1 was transported to a medical cent er, where she received treatment and was then released. The cause of the inciden t was due to an unguarded chain and sprocket, not using LOTO, and wearing gloves where there is an entanglement hazard.

Keywords:amputated, automatic machine, chain, cleaning, conveyor, finger, sprocket, unguarded

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1213105.015 Non Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction
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