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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $26,520 $0 $0 $0 $0 $26,520
Current Penalty $13,260 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,260
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100147 C04 I 07/26/2019 12/31/2019 $13,260 $13,260 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100147 C06 I 07/26/2019 12/31/2019 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01001C Serious 19100147 D 07/26/2019 $0 $13,260 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 115448.015 Event: 04/09/2019Employee Adjusting Machinery Sustains Finger Amputation
At 4:00 p.m. on April 9, 2019, an employee was working for a firm that manufactu red and packaged, under contract, liquid products for such personal care categor ies as deodorants, bath and body, and skin care. It was a consumer and automotiv e packaging company that specialized in the packaging of liquids and gels. The c ompany operated a multitude of automated product lines and machinery that requir ed adjustments and maintenance. In order for employees to conduct these operatio ns, specific lockout/tagout procedures had been developed to ensure that there w as no potential for accidental start up when employees were exposed to the hazar dous operations of the machines. The employee was working as a line technician. He was responsible for machine setup and adjustments to the machines for anythin g short of repair. He was completing a common task for line technicians: manuall y adjusting the torque wheels of the capper section of line Number 3. He had ope ned up the guard doors to the capper section and was making adjustments as the m achine ran. While making the adjustments, he noticed that a bottle had fallen. H e reached over to upright the bottle. As he did this, his fingers were caught in the chain and sprocket of the machine's rear drive chain. Three of his fingers were caught in the chain and sprocket. The location of the nip point was 0.64 me ters (25 inches) from the opening of the guard. There was also a nearer chain, l ocated 0.23 meters (9 inches) from the opening. He suffered either a partial or complete amputation of the small finger and severe lacerations of the ring and m iddle fingers, all on his right hand. He was hospitalized. At the time of the in cident, the specific procedure did not account for the pneumatic energy source o f the machine and only advised the isolation of the electrical energy source.
Keywords: amputated, amputation, caught between, caught in, chain, finger, laceration, lockout, lockout/tagout, maintenance, partial amputation, sprocket, work rules
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 1393788.015 Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations

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