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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1399800.015 - The J.M. Smucker Company

Inspection Information - Office: Wilkes-Barre


Inspection Nr: 1399800.015
Report ID: 0317700
Open Date: 05/08/2019

Site Address:
The J.M. Smucker Company
6670 Low Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Mailing Address:
6670 Low Street, Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 311111/Dog and Cat Food Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Referral

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Health

Close Conference: 05/08/2019

Emphasis: N:Amputate

Close Case:03/16/2020

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 1452461 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $56,830 $0 $0 $56,830
Current Penalty $10,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $15,000
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 Serious 19100147 C07 I 08/30/2019 10/07/2019 $10,000 $56,830 $0 09/24/2019 J - ALJ Decision  
2. 02001 Other 19100147 C04 II 08/30/2019 $5,000 $0 $0 09/24/2019 J - ALJ Decision  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 116125.015
Event: 05/06/2019
Employee Catches Hand In Mixer Tank, Amputates Two Fingers

At 5:50 p.m. on May 6, 2019, an employee collected a sample of meat slurry from the Mixer/Cooker #16 tank and submitted it to the QA lab and then went on break. While the employee was on break, a coworker was notified that the sample had f ailed, so the coworker restarted the tank's agitators and made chemical adjustme nts to the tank. When the employee returned from break, the coworker informed hi m that he had to resample the meat slurry. The employee inserted the sampling de vice into the sampling port and pushed it in as far as it would reach into the s lurry unaware that the tank's ribbon agitators were still running. The agitators caught the sampling device and pulled it into the tank. The employee was unable to release his hand fast enough from the sampler, and his fingers became caught between the T-bar top of the sampling device and the lip of the sampling port. This force caused two of the employee's fingers to be amputated requiring medica l treatment. The employee was not hospitalized.

Keywords:amputated, amputation, communication, energized, finger, food processing, guard, hand, hand tool, lockout, lockout/tagout, machine guarding, machine operator, mixer, rotating parts, rotating shaft, tag, tagout, tank, tr

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1399800.015 Non Hospitalized injury Machine operators, not specified
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