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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312437486 - Ralphs Grocery Co/Food 4 Less

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 312437486Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 07/12/2010

Ralphs Grocery Co/Food 4 Less
9635 Laurel Canyon Rd.
Pacoima, CA 91331
Union Status: Union
SIC: 5411/Grocery Stores
NAICS: 445110/Supermarkets and Other Grocery (except Convenience) Stores
Mailing: 1100 W. Artesia Bl., Compton, CA 90220

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/07/2010
Close Case:12/15/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $32,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $32,400
Current Penalty $18,720 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,720
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 4543 B02 10/11/2010 11/11/2010 $720 $14,400 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 4543 C 10/11/2010 11/11/2010 $18,000 $18,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202469144Event: 06/27/2010Employee'S Finger Is Amputated While Using Band Saw
At approximately 5:20 p.m. on June 27, 2010, Employee #1, a meat cutter, was operating a Butcher Boy meat cutting band saw (no serial number available) to cut beef shank. The beef shank was approximately 5-6 in. round. The employee was cutting the beef in half when the saw blade caught on a tendon and was pulling his finger into the blade. Employee #1's right index finger was partially amputated, and he underwent surgery but did not require hospitalization. No adjustment had been made to lower the saw blade guard before cutting the beef shank, and he did not use a pusher plate for the smaller cut of meat. The employer received citations for 4543(c) due to not using a pusher plate to hold the cut of meat to prevent his hand from nearing the saw blade and a for 4543(b)(2) due to not adjusting the blade guard as close as possible to the table without interfering with the movement of the material being cut.
Keywords: amputated, bandsaw, finger, work rules, meat slicing machine, saw
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312437486 Non Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Butchers and meat cutters

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