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Inspection: 1372908.015 - 98887 - Rajala Timber Company

Inspection Information - Office: Minnesota

Nr: 1372908.015Report ID: 0552700Open Date: 01/15/2019

98887 - Rajala Timber Company
31784 Great Lakes Rd
Deer River, MN 56636
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC:
NAICS: 321113/Sawmills
Mailing: 31784 Great Lakes Rd, Po Box 217, Deer River, MN 56636

Inspection Type:Fat/Cat
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/10/2019
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident1417103    
Case Status: OPEN

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 1 7
Current Violations 4 2 1 7
Initial Penalty $28,800 $0 $9,000 $0 $0 $37,800
Current Penalty $27,050 $0 $5,050 $0 $0 $32,100
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Repeat 19100147 C06 I 07/11/2019 08/04/2019 $4,000 $7,000 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Repeat 52060700 07/11/2019 08/04/2019 $1,050 $2,000 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 19100028 B03 I 07/11/2019 11/17/2019 $550 $1,000 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02002 Serious 19100147 C04 I 07/11/2019 08/04/2019 $750 $1,400 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 02003 Serious 19100147 C07 I 07/11/2019 08/04/2019 $750 $1,400 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 02004 Serious 19100265 C04 IV 07/11/2019 11/17/2019 $25,000 $25,000 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 03001 Other 19101200 E01 07/11/2019 08/04/2019 $0 $0 $0 07/18/2019 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 112831.015Event: 01/17/2019Employee Is Struck By Flying Log And Is Killed
At 9:42 a.m. on January 14, 2019, a log became stuck or jammed on the hour glass line that was feeding logs to the cut off saw. The cut off saw operator shut down the line, retrieved a chainsaw and then made his way to the catwalk adjacent to the hour glass line. After getting to the catwalk on the west side of the hour glass line, the operator used the chainsaw to cut the jammed log in half at a point 22 feet up from the butt end of the log. At the time the operator was cutting the log, the south end of the log was lying along the rollers of the hour glass line while the north end, or butt end, of the log was being lifted by another log that was being held perpendicular to the jammed log by the Barko loader operator. The Barko operator believed the cut off saw operator directed him to lift the jammed log to take tension off of the jammed log and to provide a better area for the cutoff operator to cut through the jammed log. As the operator was cutting through the log, witnesses observed the 22 foot long butt end of the log fly up into the air and land on the ground on the west side of the catwalk. The operator's hat was also observed flying up and over this catwalk at that time. The cutoff saw operator was then found unresponsive on the ground in an area slightly east of the catwalk which was 8 feet and 3 inches above the ground. On January 17, 2019, the operator died as a result of the injuries sustained from the accident.
Keywords: struck by, chain saw, flying object, log, jammed
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1372908.015 Fatality Fracture Occupation not reported

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