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Inspection: 300790060 - Ben Abatti Farms, Inc
Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego
Report ID: 0950632
Open Date: 05/09/2002
Ben Abatti Farms, Inc
184 Commercial St El Centro, CA 92243
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0139/Field Crops, Except Cash Grains, Not Elsewhere Classified
On March 15, 2002, Employee #1 was working alone as an irrigator attempting to remove a "tapon", or gate, against a head of water in a 2.5-ft high irrigation canal. Employee #1 was on the west side of the canal and reached down to pull the gate with his left and right hands. His left hand pulled from the back, or the dry side of the gate, near where the edge of the gate meets the canal wall. As he began lifting the gate, the fingers of his left hand slid under the edge of the gate which normally seals with the wall of the canal. Employee #1 lost his grip with his right hand, and the gate fell back onto his left hand and crushed the tip of his left ring finger. Employee #1 drove himself to the employment facility and was taken to the local hospital, where the tip of his left ring finger was amputated to the first joint.
amputated, canal, finger, crushed, irrigation equipment, lost control
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