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Inspection: 1576930.015 - Central Valley Meat Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno


Inspection Nr: 1576930.015
Report ID: 0950625
Date Opened: 02/08/2022

Site Address:
Central Valley Meat Co., Inc.
10431 8 3/4 Avenue
Hanford, CA 93230

Mailing Address:
10431 8 3/4 Avenue, Hanford, CA 93230

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 311612/Meat Processed from Carcasses

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/14/2022


Case Closed:

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1868122
Case Status: OPEN
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 3 1 4
Initial Penalty $37,795 $0 $0 $210 $0 $38,005
Current Penalty $37,795 $0 $0 $210 $0 $38,005
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 3203(A)(8) 07/14/2022 $210 $210 $0 09/28/2022 C - Contested  
2. 02001 Serious 3314(E) 07/14/2022 $5,735 $5,735 $0 09/28/2022 C - Contested  
3. 03001 Serious 3314(J) 07/14/2022 $9,560 $9,560 $0 09/28/2022 C - Contested  
4. 04001 Serious 3314(C) 07/14/2022 $22,500 $22,500 $0 09/28/2022 C - Contested  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 146442.015
Event: 01/31/2022
Employee Amputates Hand And Fingers While Cleaning Energized

At 9:00 p.m. on January 31 2022, an employee was working in the grinding room as a Sanitation Lead during the sanitation shift in a beef processing plant. The e mployee was responsible for ensuring that the sanitation work in this area was c ompleted to the company standards and in a timely manner. The employee was filli ng the position for an absent employee and was responsible for cleaning the FPEC Model 2876 Single Screw Auger in the grinding room. An access panel on the back of the machine needed to be removed to clean debris from the chain and sprocket drive that drove the auger. The employee turned off the equipment prior to begi nning cleaning activities and placed a tag on the equipment controls but no lock was used. The employee had loaned his assigned lock to another employee a day e arlier. Once the access panel was removed, the employee used a water nozzle and a screwdriver to pry away at the debris and clean the equipment. The employee en countered difficulty removing debris that was wrapped around the shaft so he pro ceeded to turn the equipment on to assist with removal while using a high-pressu re water nozzle. The employee's sleeve was caught and drawn into the gear and sp rocket drive for the auger drawing his left hand into the machine. The employee reached in with his right hand to attempt to free his left hand, causing his rig ht hand to also be drawn into the sprocket gear as a result. The employee amputa ted his left hand at the wrist. On the right hand, the employee's middle finger was fully amputated and the fourth and fifth fingers were partially amputated. C oworkers responded to the incident and applied a tourniquet to the employee's ha nd. The employee was taken by ambulance and admitted to a local hospital. The em ployee was referred to another medical facility where he underwent multiple surg eries to reattach the amputated hand and fingers.

Keywords:amputated, amputation, auger, auger mechanism, caught by, caught in, chain, energized, finger, food processing, hand, inexperience, lockout, lockout/tagout, meat grinder, meat processing, misjudgement, misjudgement of

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1576930.015 Hospitalized injury
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