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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 305354524 - El Indio Tortilleria

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 305354524Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 08/24/2004

El Indio Tortilleria
1502 W 5th St
Santa Ana, CA 92703
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2041/Flour and Other Grain Mill Products
NAICS: 311211/Flour Milling

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/05/2004
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:03/01/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362468464    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 4 5
Current Violations 5 5
Initial Penalty $12,600 $0 $0 $6,200 $0 $18,800
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $2,350 $0 $2,350
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 11/05/2004 11/10/2004 $1,000 $5,000 $0 11/23/2004 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 01002 Other 14300040 A 11/05/2004 12/08/2004 $300 $300 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 3314 G 11/05/2004 12/08/2004 $450 $450 $0 -
  4. 01004 Other 3314 H 11/05/2004 12/08/2004 $450 $450 $0 -
  5. 02001 Other 3314 B 11/05/2004 11/22/2004 $150 $12,600 $0 11/23/2004 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201145463Event: 08/16/2004Employee Injured When Hand Is Caught In Gears
On August 16, 2004, Employee #1 was working for a corn tortilla manufacturer as a Machine Operator located in the back production area. The sheeter head flattens the tortilla dough, which is then cut into uniform shapes. The sheeter head is made by Hacienda Precision. The motor used on it is a Baldor Industrial Motor, Serial Number F1084, 2 HP, 1725 RPM (for motor), and 3-phase. One of the duties of a Machine Operator is to change out the wire on the sheeter head that regulates the form, quality, and thickness of the tortillas. To replace the wire, the sheeter head is moved to the off position by a clutch handle. The clutch handle moves sideways a distance of about one- inch from the "on" to "off" position. Employee #1 was changing out the wire on the sheeter head on oven machine #1. He moved the clutch to the "off" position, but did not deenergize the machine. Employee #1 then opened the metal housing compartment on the side of the sheeter head and gained access to the gears to change the wire. The clutch was then bumped to the "on" position by Employee #1 while changing the wire (the clutch and the area where the wire is changed out is about six-inches apart), and Employee #1's left hand got caught in the gears. Employee #1 suffered amputation of the left middle finger to the second-joint.
Keywords: amputated, work rules, machine operator, lockout, gear, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305354524 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscelaneous food preparation occupations

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