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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310195490 - Farmers Cooperative Gin, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 310195490Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 12/06/2006

Farmers Cooperative Gin, Inc.
2531 Wasco Way
Buttonwillow, CA 93206
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0724/Cotton Ginning
NAICS: 115111/Cotton Ginning

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/05/2007
Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)Close Case:04/28/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 4
Current Violations 2 2 4
Initial Penalty $40,050 $0 $0 $175 $0 $40,225
Current Penalty $22,500 $0 $0 $175 $0 $22,675
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 H 03/05/2007 03/14/2007 $175 $175 $0 03/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3314 G01 03/05/2007 03/14/2007 $0 $7,875 $0 03/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 3314 J01 03/05/2007 03/14/2007 $6,300 $7,875 $0 03/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 3314 C 02/27/2007 03/13/2007 $16,200 $24,300 $0 03/14/2007 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202464160Event: 12/02/2006Employee'S Ankles Are Fractured When Cotton Gin Starts Up
At approximately 5:00 a.m. on December 2, 2006, Employee #1 was working for a firm that processed cotton. He was at cotton gin Number 2, which had become jammed at a location other than where he was working. The ginner had shut the gin down to remove the jam, but he did not notify other employees that this was not a safe time to clean the machine. Employee #1 had entered the module feeder for cotton gin Number 2 to clean the rollers. He himself had not applied any lockout to the gin for this cleaning. Employee #1 was inside the module feeder cleaning the rollers when he heard the gin horn sound twice. This was the signal for all employees to remove themselves from any hazardous areas. The ginner reenergized the gin approximately one to two minutes after sounding the horn, but he had not verified that all employees were out of harm's way. Employee #1 was still inside the module feeder when it was activated. He was drawn into the feeder, and his ankles were crushed in between the two rollers inside the feeder. He was treated by the local ambulance company and transported to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA. He was hospitalized for treatment for his fractures. Employee #1 had worked for the gin company as a seasonal employee for approximately eight years. The gin company has a model hazardous energy control program, but it did not adhere to the required elements of the program. The gin employees were notified to respond when the horn sounded, instead of adhering to the written procedures that were required by the lockout/tagout program.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, agriculture, work rules, cleaning, machine operator, lockout, caught between, cotton gin, point of operation
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310195490 Hospitalized injury Fracture Occupation not reported

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