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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310827282 - Muller Farming Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fresno

Nr: 310827282Report ID: 0950625Open Date: 08/21/2008

Muller Farming Inc
16350 Ave 264 & Rd 164
Farmersville, CA 93223
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0783/Ornamental Shrub and Tree Services
NAICS: 561730/Landscaping Services
Mailing: 1576 N Kaweah Ave, Exeter, CA 93221

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/21/2008
Emphasis: S:Agriculture (Aship)Close Case:04/07/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $15,800
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $7,000 $0 $7,000
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 01/07/2009 01/12/2009 $5,000 $5,000 $0 02/09/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3441 A02 D 01/07/2009 01/12/2009 $2,000 $10,800 $0 02/09/2009 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201491529Event: 01/15/2008Employee Amputates Fingers Using Wood Chipper
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 15, 2008, Employee #1, and a coworker, were clearing an orchard by grinding limb prunings into wood chips. The coworker was operating a Jackrabbit Bio Chipper, Serial Number 3, Engine Number 46319757, while Employee #1 was walking behind the Chipper retrieving the uncollected branches. For some reason, the coworker stopped movement of the Chipper and dismounted from the cab of the tractor. Employee #1 continued to walk forward until he came up along the opposite side of the rig, from the coworker, where he stopped at the lifting arm mechanism of the chipper's branch feeding apparatus. Employee #1 reached his left hand into the lifting arm mechanism at the same time the coworker lowered the lifting arms. The fingers on the left hand of Employee #1 were caught in the lifting arm mechanism and were amputated. Employee #1 was transported to Fresno Regional Medical, where he was hospitalized.
Keywords: wood chips, amputated, finger, caught by, limbing, chipper, tractor, tree trimming, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310827282 Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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