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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $875 $0 $11,675
Current Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $875 $0 $11,675
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 02/27/2001 03/17/2001 $175 $175 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 02/27/2001 03/17/2001 $350 $350 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 4355 A01 02/27/2001 03/17/2001 $350 $350 $0 -
  4. 02001 Serious 3314 A 02/27/2001 03/07/2001 $10,800 $10,800 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201054491 Event: 09/06/2000Employee Injured When Hand Crushed In Baler
Employee #1 was a baler operator at a recycling company. On the day of the accident Employee #1 was operating the "Balemaster", a computerized baler that automatically tightens and twists four wires (four wires on top and four wires on the bottom for a total of four straps) to strap the bales inside the machine. The twister mechanism is design to twist eight revolutions, cut the wires and twist back three revolutions. At the time of the accident, for an unknown reason, one of the wires was not engaged by one of the twister hooks. In an attempt to correct the problem, Employee #1 opened the gates where the twisting mechanism is located without locking out the machine and attempted to engage the wire. At that time the twisting mechanism started to work and caught Employee #1's gloved left hand. Employee #1 suffered contusions, lacerations and severe muscle damage to the left pinky. Employee#1's left pinky finger was amputated. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, lockout, laceration, baler, contusion
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300776069 Hospitalized injury Amputation Compressing and compacting machine operators

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