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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120171798 - Eel River Sawmills Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Redding

Nr: 120171798Report ID: 0950623Open Date: 08/19/1996

Eel River Sawmills Inc
26011 Avenue Of The Giants
Redcrest, CA 95569
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2421/Sawmills and Planing Mills, General

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/16/1996
Close Case:07/14/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361673023    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $700 $0 $700
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $700 $0 $700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 A 09/27/1996 10/08/1996 $700 $700 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170363204Event: 08/13/1996Employee Injured When Hand Strikes Against Jump Saw Blade
Employee #1 was the operator of a computer-controlled jump saw at Mill D, a finger joining operation. After addressing a problem elsewhere, she returned to find that her saw, serial #89257, had shut down. She assumed that the sawdust exhaust system had become plugged and she hit the emergency STOP button to shut down the system. Employee #1 then took off a cover and reached in to check the exhaust suction. She was momentarily distracted and her right hand contacted the 16 in. diameter saw blade, which was still spinning. She suffered a near amputation of her thumb, lacerations, and severe nerve damage. Employee #1 stated that she normally locked out the machine to clear jams in the sawdust system, and that the saw would stop in the time it took to complete the lockout.
Keywords: rotating knife, work rules, struck against, thumb, emergency stop, saw, clogged, laceration, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120171798 Hospitalized injury Amputation Sawing machine operators

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