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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125876029 - Quidel Corp

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 125876029Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 06/03/2004

Quidel Corp
10165 Mc Kellar Ct
San Diego, CA 92121
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3842/Orthopedic, Prosthetic, and Surgical Appliances and Supplies
NAICS: 339113/Surgical Appliance and Supplies Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/29/2004
Close Case:08/13/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $3,750 $0 $21,750
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $3,750 $0 $21,750
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 10/06/2004 10/11/2004 $3,750 $3,750 $0 10/26/2004 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 02001 Serious 4002 A 10/06/2004 10/11/2004 $18,000 $18,000 $0 10/26/2004 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201067766Event: 04/19/2004Employee'S Finger Is Caught In Machine, Later Amputated
At approximately 9:30 a.m. on April 19, 2004, Employee #1 was a machine operator working at a facility that manufactures diagnostic test kits used in clinics and hospitals. The Employee #1's job was to operate Auto Assembly machine Number 3 in the Final Assembly room, which assembles a test strip kit in a plastic cassette. On the day of the accident, Employee #1 was wiping down the metal shelf next to the dead nest where the diagnostic kits are automatically filled by the strip loader with the diagnostic film media. Another employee had just finished an adjustment on the strip loader, and there was some ink that had spilled on the shelf. Employee #1 understood that her job was to keep the machine clean throughout the day, but she knew not to attempt to clean any moving parts. As she was wiping off the shelf, the end of her latex glove got caught by the machine, pulling her finger into the pinch point between the indexer and the dead nest. The spaces on either side of the indexer where it passes the dead nest were not guarded by the light curtain when the machine was in full automatic mode. She sustained a crushing injury and lacerations. Employee #1 was treated at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, CA, where she received stitches for the laceration of her finger and was released the same day. However, the injury eventually required partial amputation of the digit on May 3, 2004.
Keywords: amputated, finger, glove, work rules, cleaning, caught by, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125876029 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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