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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 311865158 - Stuke Nursery Co., Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 311865158Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 09/19/2008

Stuke Nursery Co., Inc.
4260 River Rd
Colusa, CA 95932
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0181/Ornamental Floriculture and Nursery Products
NAICS: 111421/Nursery and Tree Production
Mailing: P.O. Box 1200, Gridley, CA 95948

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/21/2009
Close Case:09/13/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $14,400 $0 $0 $5,960 $0 $20,360
Current Penalty $14,400 $0 $0 $4,960 $0 $19,360
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 02/09/2009 02/12/2009 $4,000 $5,000 $0 02/17/2009 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A 02/09/2009 03/16/2009 $275 $275 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 3395 E03 02/09/2009 03/16/2009 $685 $685 $0 -
  4. 02001 Serious 3314 C 02/09/2009 02/26/2009 $14,400 $14,400 $0 02/17/2009 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202488003Event: 09/15/2008Employee Amputates Fingertip In Pneumatic Pruner
On September 15, 2008, Employee #1, a farm worker, was working from a tractor-pulled trailer. He was working with a coworker pruning the tops off small walnut trees in a tree nursery. The pneumatic pruner was telescoping in a design and was connected to an air compressor in the trailer. A twig became jammed in the pruner head. Employee #1 lowered the pruner, so that the trigger end came to rest on or near the trailer floor. Employee #1 was standing up and trying to remove the jammed material from the pruning head, when the pruner activated, amputating the tip of his left right finger. The finger tip was reattached but the process failed, so Employee #1 went to Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital two days later to have his fingertip surgically amputated. Upon the investigation, Employee #1 acknowledged that he forgot to disconnect the air line from the pruner. He believed a twig on the trailer floor slipped into the trigger mechanism and safety switch, causing the pruner to activate.
Keywords: amputated, finger, jammed, caught between, tree, tractor trailer, powder actuated tool, air line, tree trimming
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 311865158 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Farm workers

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