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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125782086 - Harter Land Co.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Redding

Nr: 125782086Report ID: 0950623Open Date: 12/28/2000

Harter Land Co.
5221 Butler Rd.
Colusa, CA 95932
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0723/Crop Preparation Services for Market, Except Cotton Ginning
Mailing: Po Box 491, Colusa, CA 95932

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/09/2001
Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)Close Case:09/25/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,800
Current Penalty $5,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,400
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3314 A 02/27/2001 03/08/2001 $5,400 $10,800 $0 05/04/2001 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170626147Event: 12/01/2000Employee Amputates Fingers When Caught In Conveyor
At approximately 1:00 p.m. on December 1, 2000, Employee #1, a drying supervisor, was working at a rice drying facility owned by Harter Land Company. The employee was operating the Handlair 3000 pneumatic rice conveyor machine, which pulls rice from the dryer and blows it through pipes into a storage tank. During this process, the rice was not blowing properly. Employee #1 shut off the power take-off, but did not shut off the hydraulics that power the mechanical parts and blades inside of the vacuum chamber. When the employee placed his hand inside the vacuum chamber to try to unclog or unjam the machine, he amputated the first digit of his middle finger and the tip (skin only) of his index finger.
Keywords: amputated, finger, lockout, caught between, conveyor, shut-off valve, vacuum vessel, mech mat handling, blade
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125782086 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Managers, farms, except horticultural

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