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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126193796 - Whole Foods Market Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Los Angeles

Nr: 126193796Report ID: 0950641Open Date: 02/14/2007

Whole Foods Market Inc
11737 San Vicente Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5411/Grocery Stores
NAICS: 445110/Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores
Mailing: 15315 Magnolia Bl., Ste. 320, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/14/2007
Close Case:12/17/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,120 $0 $19,120
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,120 $0 $19,120
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A 05/08/2007 06/10/2007 $560 $560 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314 G02 A 05/08/2007 06/10/2007 $560 $560 $0 -
  3. 02001 Serious 4552 A 05/08/2007 05/18/2007 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201168630Event: 02/03/2007Employee'S Finger Amputated When Caught In Meat Grinder
On February 3, 2007, Employee #1 was performing his customary duties as a meat department customer service clerk for Whole Foods Incorporated. He was assigned to the Meat Department on September 11, 2006, and his new job tasks included trimming, deboning, and slicing meat and poultry and grinding special cuts per customer requests. He regularly operated a food grinder and sausage maker, sharpened knives, and cleaned the work area and the department's machines. When he was assigned the new job tasks, he was not provided with formal training and instruction on department-specific site hazards and safe work practices but, instead, learned from observation and imitation. At the time of the accident, he was operating the TorRey M22-R1 food grinder to provide ground veal per a customer's request. His hand slipped off the stomper during the feeding operation and was caught by the grinder's rotating feed screw (worm). Employee #1's thumb, index, and middle fingers were amputated and he was hospitalized for nine days. Employee #1 stated that several months prior he had noticed that one of the safety guard bolts had broken off and the safety guard would swivel over the feed opening. On the day of the accident there was no safety guard over the feed opening and the department employees did not know where the guard was, who removed it or when. The employer did not conduct regularly scheduled or periodic workplace inspections for prevention and control of hazards and/or unsafe practices. The grinder was used by the various employees in the aforementioned state of disrepair over a period of several months. The employer's injury and illness prevention program (IIPP) was ineffective due to a failure to implement elements of training and conduct inspections.
Keywords: amputated, food preparation, inadequate maint, finger, machine operator, caught by, untrained, unguarded, meat grinder
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126193796 Hospitalized injury Amputation Butchers and meat cutters

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