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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 305355349 - Medtronic Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Santa Ana District Office

Nr: 305355349Report ID: 0950631Open Date: 02/02/2005

Medtronic Inc
1851 E Deere Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3999/Manufacturing Industries, Not Elsewhere Classified
NAICS: 339999/All Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/22/2005
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:09/22/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $6,750 $0 $0 $1,125 $0 $7,875
Current Penalty $6,750 $0 $0 $1,125 $0 $7,875
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 B 04/22/2005 05/15/2005 $750 $750 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314 H 04/22/2005 05/15/2005 $375 $375 $0 -
  3. 02001 Serious 4184 B 04/22/2005 05/15/2005 $6,750 $6,750 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201146339Event: 12/02/2004Employee Amputates Fingers While Operating Microtome Machine
On December 2, 2004, Employee #1 was operating a Leica Microsystems, microtome machine, Model Number 2155, Serial Number 050231619. Her employer manufactures human heart valves and other related heart repair products. The microtome machine slices tissue samples that are embedded in a paraffin block, similar to a punch press, which then allows the samples to be viewed under a microscope. An adjustable knife is located on a stationary fixture below a specimen-holder clamp and moves up and down like a ram on a punch press. The stroke length of the knife is approximately 2.75 inches. The clamp holds the paraffin block and moves horizontally outwards in very small increments for each new slice, while cycling up and down. During each cycle the chuck scrapes the paraffin block against the fixed knife mounted horizontally at the base of the machine. As Employee #1 was setting up a paraffin block in the specimen-holder clamp, she inadvertently activated the machine through a foot pedal. Her left hand came into contact with the knife and the tips of her thumb and index finger on that hand were amputated. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for her injury, which included bone loss. The employer later modified the machine to operate through a hand control.
Keywords: knife, amputated, slicer, finger, foot control, machine operator, caught between, foot-powered press, punch press, puncture
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 305355349 Hospitalized injury Amputation Science technicians, n.e.c.

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