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Inspection: 106051287 - Birchwood Manufacturing Company, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Eau Clair

Nr: 106051287Report ID: 0523900Open Date: 01/22/2002

Birchwood Manufacturing Company, Inc.
38 E. Messenger St.
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2435/Hardwood Veneer and Plywood

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/06/2002
Emphasis: N:Amputate, S:AmputationsClose Case:07/29/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint200339901 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 2 8
Current Violations 4 1 2 7
Initial Penalty $9,450 $112,000 $0 $0 $0 $121,450
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $89,600 $91,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100147 C06 IC 06/24/2002 07/26/2002 $500 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002A Serious 19100147 C07 I 06/24/2002 07/26/2002 $500 $3,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01002B Serious 19100147 C07 IIIA 06/24/2002 07/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 01003 Serious 19100157 G02 06/24/2002 07/26/2002 $500 $1,400 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01004 Serious 19100219 F03 06/24/2002 06/28/2002 $500 $1,050 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02001 Unclass 19100147 C04 I 06/24/2002 06/27/2002 $44,800 $56,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02002 Unclass 19100147 D04 I 06/24/2002 06/28/2002 $44,800 $56,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 03001 Other 19100146 C01 06/24/2002 07/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 -
Deleted 9. 03002 Other 19101030 G02 IIC 06/24/2002 07/26/2002 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200340321Event: 12/28/2001Employee Injured When Hand Amputated By Meter Valve
On December 28, 2001, at a hardwood veneer manufacturing plant, Employee #1 was unclogging a Montgomery Hog meter valve with his hand. The machine was not locked out and Employee #1 used his hand rather than a metal rod to unclog the jam. Employee #1's supervisor was present at least some of the time during the unclogging. The meter valve was either turned on by someone pushing the on buttons or it moved slightly from stored energy in the motor chain and amputated most of Employee #1's right hand. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, caught by, jammed, lockout, valve, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 106051287 Hospitalized injury Amputation Supervisors; handlers,equip-cleaners,laborers nec

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