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Accident: 170206361 - Employee'S Fingers Amputated By Juicer

Accident: 170206361 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 09/09/1991
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
11199251709/12/19912084Codorniv Napa
After a crusher crew had crushed the day's grape deliveries, they began to clean the equipment. The juicer, a close-clearance screw auger, must be left running while the circumferential screens are being cleaned with pressure water. The debris is washed through a 2 1/4 in. diameter drain at the lower end of the auger and above the screen. While Employee #1 was washing the inside of the juicer, he put his fingers into the drain, evidently to remove built-up debris. The end of the auger cut off the first and middle fingers of his left hand. The clearance between the end of the auger and the end housing is approximately 1/4 in. The employer was cited for failure to provide extension tools and for not extending the drain pipe beyond finger length to prevent contact. If Employee #1 had been paying attention to the task, the accident would not have occurred.
Keywords: amputated, finger, work rules, cleaning, clogged, auger, hand tool, unguarded, blind reaching, inattention
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 111992517 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors, mechanics and repairers

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