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Inspection: 126068527 - Downey School District

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 126068527Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 03/08/2000

Downey School District
10301 S Woodruff Ave
Downey, CA 90241
Union Status: Union
SIC: 8211/Elementary and Secondary Schools
Mailing: 11627 Brookshire Ave, Downey, CA 90241

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:LocalGovt
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/31/2000
Close Case:03/07/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362609356    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $750 $0 $18,750
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $2,300 $0 $2,300
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B02 03/31/2000 04/17/2000 $0 $375 $0 06/26/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 461 A 03/24/2000 04/10/2000 $300 $375 $0 06/26/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 3314 A 03/31/2000 04/10/2000 $2,000 $18,000 $0 06/26/2000 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201053188Event: 03/02/2000Employee Suffers Amputation Unclogging Mower
At approximate 9:00 a.m. on March 2, 2000, Employee #1, a groundskeeper, was mowing grass on the school ground using an Excel Hustler tractor. This Excel Hustler brand tractor is a sit-on type mower with a grass evacuation system and a storage hopper. Grass is cut by the mower blades of the tractor, which then go into a blower housing. A fan in the blower housing pushes the cut grass through the transfer tube and collects in the hopper at the reel of the mower. The grass on the school ground was long and wet. Two days before the accident, there was a rainstorm in the area. The blower housing easily plugs up when grass is too long and wet. The blower housing became plugged and cut grass could not be collected into the hopper. Employee #1 parked the tractor, and started to unclog the grass inside the blower housing. Employee #1 did not stop or disengaged the power source of the tractor engine and did not use an extension tool provided by the employer to unclog the blower housing. Employee #1 disconnected the transfer tube, and placed his left hand into the blower housing in order to clean out the grass. Employee #1's middle finger and ring finger of his left hand contacted the fan blades and were amputated. Employee #1 was treated but not hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, clogged, lawn mower, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126068527 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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