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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119974756 - O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno

Nr: 119974756Report ID: 0950625Open Date: 01/07/1998

O.H. Kruse Grain & Milling
11518 Road 120
Pixley, CA 93256
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0212/Beef Cattle, Except Feedlots
Mailing: P.O. Box 842, Pixley, CA 93256

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/15/1998
Close Case:04/24/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361665052    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $560 $0 $560
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $560 $0 $560
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 E 3 01/16/1998 01/22/1998 $560 $560 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201080629Event: 07/26/1997Employee Injured When Struck By Pipe
At 1:00 a.m. on July 26, 1997, Employee #1 sustained a fractured jaw when he was struck by a 7 foot long, 1.5 inch diameter pipe. This incident occurred at the O.H. Kruse Grain Milling facility located at 11518 Road 120 in Pixley, California. Employee #1 was using the pipe to stop a grain elevator belt which was being positioned so that grain buckets could be attached to it. The operator was trying to bump the belt, which was driven by a 30-horsepower motor, around to the place were the buckets would be attached and stopped. However, because an 18 foot section that did not have buckets was light when the motor stopped, that section would move back to the top before any buckets could be attached. Employee #1's objective was to push the belt against the leg casing after the motor stopped. He stuck the pipe in the path of an existing bucket while the motor was still engaged and a bucket hit the pipe, causing it to kick back and strike Employee #1's jaw.
Keywords: kick back, fracture, belt, pipe, struck by, grain elevator, bucket elevator
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119974756 Hospitalized injury Fracture Machinery maintenance occupations

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