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Inspection: 1392813.015 - Smithfield Foods

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 1392813.015Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 04/11/2019

Smithfield Foods
3049 East Vernon Ave
Vernon, CA 90058
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 311612/Meat Processed from Carcasses
Mailing: 3049 East Vernon Ave , Vernon, CA 90058

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/14/2019
Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $25,200 $0 $0 $1,200 $0 $26,400
Current Penalty $25,200 $0 $0 $1,200 $0 $26,400
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)(4) 05/14/2019 $600 $600 $0 06/04/2019 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314(L)(2) 05/14/2019 $600 $600 $0 06/04/2019 -
  3. 02001 Serious 4070(A) 05/14/2019 $7,200 $7,200 $0 06/04/2019 -
  4. 03001 Serious 3314(G) 05/14/2019 $18,000 $18,000 $0 06/04/2019 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 115298.015Event: 04/05/2019Worker Suffers Finger Amputation While Cleaning Belt And Pul
At 8:00 a.m. on April 5, 2019, an employee was working at a pork processing and packing plant. Her employer operated plants nationwide. She was employed by her employer as a packer in the facility's lard packing department. She had been employed as packer for approximately six months. She was operating a lard packing machine to pack lard into containers. She noticed that some lard had spilled out of a container and onto a belt and pulley drive under the lard machine conveyor. She attempted to wipe the spilled lard from the belt as it was moving. The ring finger on her right hand was drawn in by the belt and pulley drive. She suffered an amputation. She was not hospitalized. The firm's safety manager contacted the Long Beach District Office (LBDO) at approximately 2:18 p.m. that same day. The reporting requirement of T8 CCR 342(a) was satisfied by the employer. DOSH arrived on April 11, 2019, to investigate the accident. The employee's supervisor was not present when the incident happened. The employee had not utilized the employer's lockout/tagout program when she attempted to clean the lard from the moving belt and pulley.
Keywords: pulley, rotating parts, amputated, meat processing, cleaning, lockout/tagout, amputation, lockout, finger, belt, machine operator, caught in
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1392813.015 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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