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Inspection: 301134193 - Coca-Cola Bottling Company Of California

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Oakland

Nr: 301134193Report ID: 0950614Open Date: 10/02/2002

Coca-Cola Bottling Company Of California
14655 Wicks Blvd
San Leandro, CA 94577
Union Status: Union
SIC: 5149/Groceries and Related Products, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/21/2003
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:06/21/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $425 $0 $18,425
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $425 $0 $18,425
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 02/21/2003 02/26/2003 $425 $425 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 4075 A 02/21/2003 02/26/2003 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201503406Event: 09/24/2002Employee Amputates Finger In Uguarded Chain Drive
At approximately 3:17 a.m. on September 24, 2002, a bottler for Coca-Cola Bottling Company of California was operating a palletizing machine at the company's facility located in San Leandro, CA. The palletizer was a large, two-story machine that stacked layers of cases of soft drink in plastic bottles onto wooden pallets, which were then shrink wrapped for distribution. The employee loaded pallets of 20-ounce bottles of product, when he noticed that the nearside guide rail came loose and bottles were being knocked out of the cases. To keep production going, he held the guide rail in place with his hand and called for a mechanic. While waiting for the mechanic, the employee got the bolt on the guide rail back in the hole, but it was only hand tight. When the mechanic arrived, the employee was injured when he pointed out the loose bolt on the palletizing machine to the mechanic. As he did so, the palletizer filled up and cycled itself off. He was unaware of the position of his left hand until the palletizer cycled back on and caught his left middle finger in the push bar chain. The shearing motion of the links of the chain amputated the tip of the employee's left middle finger and fractured the remaining portion. The investigation revealed that the employee was injured as a result of putting his hand into an unguarded chain drive while the palletizer was running. The employee was hospitalized at San Leandro Hospital.
Keywords: fracture, palletized cargo, finger, work rules, caught by, unguarded, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301134193 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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