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Accident: 201021656 - Employee Is Caught In Machine And Is Drowned

Accident: 201021656 -- Report ID: 0950615 -- Event Date: 04/16/2008
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
30074974404/16/20080762Nissen Vineyard Services Inc.
At 7:55 a.m. on April 16, 2008, Employee #1, an employee of Nissen Vineyard Services, Inc., a vineyard management company, was found in an irrigation pond at Clover Valley Vineyard in Upper Lake, California. Employee #1 was assigned to turn on an irrigation system at about midnight due to a frost warning. The irrigation pump was connected to an unguarded drive shaft and a V8 engine. The string of Employee #1's hooded sweatshirt apparently got caught in the drive shaft and wound around it, causing his left arm to be amputated near the shoulder and his body was thrown into the irrigation pond. There were no witnesses to the incident.
Keywords: amputated, caught by, arm, drown, irrigation equipment, drive shaft
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300749744 Fatality Other Laborers, except construction

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