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Inspection: 302051388 - Stewart Farms Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Or Safety 3-Salem

Nr: 302051388Report ID: 1054118Open Date: 10/27/1998

Stewart Farms Inc
Apple Orchard On Hays Dr South Of Hood River Or
Hood River, OR 97031
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0191/General Farms, Primarily Crop
Mailing: 4087 Portland Dr, Hood River, OR 97031

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/07/1998
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/05/2000

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $100 $0 $2,600
Current Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $100 $0 $2,600
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 704197003 A 01/22/1999 10/27/1998 $1,250 $1,250 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 704197003 C 01/22/1999 10/27/1998 $1,250 $1,250 $0 -
  3. 02003 Other 704025004 A 01/22/1999 02/08/1999 $100 $100 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201610797Event: 10/27/1998Employee Injures Leg When Caught In Rotating Shaft
At about 9:30 a.m. on October 27, 1998, Employee #1 was spraying pesticides in an apple and pear orchard. He stopped to refill the 500-gallon sprayer tank with water and liquid lime sulfur. The sprayer tank was attached to and pulled by a farm tractor. The Power Take-Off, hooked to the sprayer tank, serves to turn the agitator located inside the tank, mixing the chemicals with water. Employee #1 positioned his leg on a metal step welded to the outside of the tank. This step is situated right below the Power Take-Off "U- Joints" that turn the tank agitator. When the employee stopped to refill the tank, he left the tractor engine idling with the transmission in neutral so that the Power Take-Off would continue operating the tank agitator. As the employee stood on the step, his pant leg was pulled in by the unguarded rotating Power Take-Off "U-Joints" located at the end of the driveline closest to the tank. Employee #1's was hospitalized with severe leg injuries, including a fractured leg. The employee was working alone and there were no witnesses to this event.
Keywords: fracture, agriculture, farm machinery, caught by, sulfur, tractor, pesticide, power take-off, unguarded, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302051388 Hospitalized injury Fracture Farm workers

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