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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 311860134 - Interpac Technologies, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 311860134Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 04/16/2008

Interpac Technologies, Inc.
260 Pioneer Ave North
Woodland, CA 95776
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5141/Groceries, General Line
NAICS: 424410/General Line Grocery Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/09/2008
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/28/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2 4
Current Violations 1 1 2 4
Initial Penalty $70,000 $5,000 $0 $715 $0 $75,715
Current Penalty $50,000 $5,000 $0 $0 $0 $55,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B02 09/09/2008 10/13/2008 $0 $250 $0 10/07/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 3314 G02 A 09/09/2008 10/13/2008 $0 $465 $0 10/07/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Willful 3328 B 09/09/2008 09/26/2008 $5,000 $5,000 $0 10/07/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 02001 Serious 3314 C 09/09/2008 09/26/2008 $50,000 $70,000 $0 10/07/2008 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202487039Event: 04/08/2008Worker Amputates Two Fingers On Assembly Line Knives
On April 8, 2008, an employee was working as the operator of a packaging line for Interpac Technologies, Inc., a wholesale distributor of groceries, in Woodland, CA. On his line, pouches were to be filled. He noticed that the pouches had become bunched up by a knife that was supposed to cut the pouches apart from each other on the filling line. He hit a STOP button on the line's computer screen, thinking that action would stop the line. When he reached into the line to pull the pouches out, the line cycled and the knife activated, amputating two of his fingers. A coworker offered assistance and cut the power to the line. The Woodland Fire Department responded and arranged transportation to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. The employee sustained amputations to his right ring and middle fingers. A clear enclosure surrounded the packaging line, and individual doors with interlock safety controls allowed access to various parts of the line. The interlock devices were not operational and the actual doors physically removed at the time of the accident.
Keywords: knife, amputated, inadequate maint, finger, caught by, jammed, point of operation, mech mat handling, blade, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311860134 Hospitalized injury Amputation Machine operators, not specified

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