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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 112158639 - General Mills Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 112158639Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 03/20/1992

General Mills Inc
4309 Fruitland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90058
Union Status: Union
SIC: 2041/Flour and Other Grain Mill Products
Mailing: 4309 Fruitland Ave, Vernon, CA 90058

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/22/1992
Close Case:11/24/1992

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361346646    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 1 3
Current Violations 1 1 1 3
Initial Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
Current Penalty $2,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Repeat 3203 B01 04/22/1992 05/22/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 5157 A02 04/22/1992 05/22/1992 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 02001 Serious 3999 A 04/29/1992 04/29/1992 $2,000 $2,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170153381Event: 03/20/1992Employee'S Leg Injured When Pulled Into Screw Conveyor
Several employees of a flour mill of General Mills, Inc., were emptying an elevator of 1,400 bushels of raw wheat. The wheat is carried out the bottom of the elevator by four screw conveyors that are buried beneath the floor of the elevator. The wheat flows into the conveyors through 7 1/2 in. by 12 in. openings in the floor. The openings have no grates. When wheat will no longer flow by gravity into the openings, employees have to enter the elevator while the conveyors are running and push the remaining wheat into the openings. Several employees had just finished doing this. Employee #1 re-entered the elevator to sweep what was left into the openings. He slipped and his right leg was pulled into one of the openings. Employee #1 was pulled into the conveyor to above the knee. At this point, the belt on the conveyor broke from the strain, and the conveyor stopped, preventing Employee #1 from being pulled all the way into the conveyor. He sustained serious lacerations, and some bone and nerve loss.
Keywords: screw conveyor, slip, grating, laceration, conveyor, grain elevator, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 112158639 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Machine operators, not specified

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