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Inspection: 126057934 - Nissin Foods (Usa) Co Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126057934Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 03/15/2002

Nissin Foods (Usa) Co Inc
2001 W. Rosecrans Ave.
Gardena, CA 90249
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2034/Dried and Dehydrated Fruits, Vegetables, and Soup Mixes

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/14/2002
Close Case:11/12/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 1 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $88,000 $500 $0 $93,000
Current Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $6,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A05 08/14/2002 09/16/2002 $500 $500 $0 -
  2. 02001 Other 3203 A07 C 08/14/2002 08/24/2002 $500 $18,000 $0 03/14/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Other 3314 A 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $500 $70,000 $0 03/14/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 3328 G 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $4,500 $4,500 $0 03/14/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201163623Event: 03/15/2002Employee'E Fingers Amputated By Packing Machine
At approximately 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2002, Employee #1, a machine operator, was adjusting the packing film on Machine #1, located in the tapatio packing room in the soup department of the facility. The company manufactures different varieties of instant noodle soups. The employee was operating a Jonan, Model JAM-NPPH33S, Serial Number 9312, automatic filling and packaging machine. The machine automatically repeats a series of operations that include: making a small bag from thin film; charging liquid into the bag; and separating the bag containing the liquid from the sheet of film. The employee observed that the packages coming out of the machine after being filled and sealed were not being cut at the proper place. While attempting to adjust the film to the right position, she inserted her bare right hand directly inside the rotary cutting section of the energized machine. The fingers of her right hand were too close to the cutting blade, and as the machine cycled, her fingers were caught and struck by the rotary cutter and the stationary blade, which amputated parts of three fingers. The employee's index finger was partially amputated through the nail, her middle finger was completely amputated at the dip joint, and her ring finger was completely amputated at the dip joint. The employee was hospitalized with her injuries.
Keywords: rotating parts, amputated, finger, struck against, food packaging mach, lockout, roller--mach/part
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126057934 Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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