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Inspection: 126109917 - Nissin Foods (Usa) Co Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126109917Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 03/11/2002

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 4 4 9
Current Violations 1 3 4 8
Initial Penalty $11,250 $0 $124,000 $1,750 $0 $137,000
Current Penalty $11,250 $0 $9,635 $1,035 $0 $21,920
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B01 08/14/2002 09/12/2002 $500 $500 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 08/14/2002 09/12/2002 $285 $500 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 3328 G 08/14/2002 09/12/2002 $250 $250 $0 -
  4. 01004 Other 3314 H02 08/14/2002 09/12/2002 $0 $500 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 02001 Repeat 3314 A 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $4,500 $70,000 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 03001 Repeat 4002 A 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $4,500 $18,000 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 04001 Repeat 4075 A 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $635 $18,000 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 8. 05001 Repeat 4050 A 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $0 $18,000 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 06001 Serious 4184 B 08/14/2002 08/28/2002 $11,250 $11,250 $0 03/17/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201163615Event: 02/26/2002Employee'S Finger Amputated In Rollers
At approximately 4:50 a.m., on February 26, 2002, Employee #1 was working as a mixer operator at a company that manufactures a variety of instant noodles. The accident took place at the cup noodle department on line number 4 continuous rollers, located on the north west side of the facility. There are three such lines, in the same area. The equipment involved in the accident was Tokyo Menki Shokai Continuous Roller machine, having a series of five Teflon-coated rollers and one stainless steel roller. These rollers are in series and gradually roll dough into flat sheet and desired thickness. For each set of roller, there is an emergency stop button, located at the top of the frame, at approximately shoulder height. Each roller has an adjustment knob to obtain the desired dough thickness and tension. After the dough has been rolled into proper thickness and rolled through the final set of rollers, it goes through the wave box cutting area and the steam line. At the time of the accident, Employee #1 observed some dough stuck on the furthest end of the top roller (the second set of roller from the wave box end). The employee used his left hand and a small handled scraper to reach over the moving rollers to scrape off the excess dough. In doing so, the scrapper became caught in between two in-running rollers, which pulled the employee's fingers into the nip point. Employee #1 was hospitalized with an amputation of his left index finger. The accident investigation revealed that Employee #1, reached over the moving rollers to clean excess dough with a scraper prior to blocking or locking out movable parts of the machine. The employer required but did not provide employees with proper extension tools and training.
Keywords: amputated, finger, machine operator, caught between, hand tool, nip point, untrained
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126109917 Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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