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Accident: 202470944 - Employee Amputates Fingertip While Working At Conveyor Belt

Accident: 202470944 -- Report ID: 0950643 -- Event Date: 10/03/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31482705610/07/20110161Deardorff-Jackson Co. Dba Deardorff Family Farms
At approximately 9:20 a.m. on October 3, 2011, Employee #1, a packing shed supervisor, was checking the quality of boxed tomatoes moving on a conveyor belt. Her apron tie string got caught by a roller of the conveyor belt. Employee #1, and another worker, attempted to pull the tie string from the roller. The tie string wrapped around Employee #1's right middle finger. The tension created from the roller resulted in a right middle finger distal amputation. Employee #1 was taken to St. John's Medical Center, where the tip of the finger was reattached. The surgery to reattach the fingertip was unsuccessful, and a second surgery on October 12, 2011 was performed to remove the finger tip. Employee #1 was hospitalized. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the employer did not provide appropriate clothing for employees working around moving machinery. Employer was cited for a Serious Accident Related violation as set forth in Title 8 California Code of Regulation Section 3383(b) Body Protection.
Keywords: clothing, amputated, agriculture, finger, work rules, caught by, roller conveyor, nip point, conveyor belt
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 314827056 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors, related agricultural occupations

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