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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312559693 - Merrill Manufacturing Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Appleton

Nr: 312559693Report ID: 0521100Open Date: 01/04/2011

Merrill Manufacturing Corporation
236 South Genesee Street
Merrill, WI 54452
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3496/Miscellaneous Fabricated Wire Products
NAICS: 332618/Other Fabricated Wire Product Manufacturing
Mailing: P O Box 566, Merrill, WI 54452

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/12/2011
Emphasis: L:Piv, S:Amputations, S:Powered Ind VehicleClose Case:05/18/2012

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint207355587 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,800
Current Penalty $1,960 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,960
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100217 C05 I 02/15/2011 03/20/2011 $1,960 $2,800 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100217 E01 I 02/15/2011 02/23/2011 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01001C Serious 19100217 E01 II 02/15/2011 02/23/2011 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200651818Event: 12/28/2010Employee'S Finger Is Amputated By Press
On December 28, 2010, Employee #1 was performing his regularly assigned job of operating a full revolution press, while using pull backs. The pull backs were adjusted and the proper setting was documented. Employee #1 then punched out a part and took it to quality control. Once quality control approved it, Employee #1 stated that he put the pull backs back on, and he ran parts for over one hour. Employee #1 was injured when the press activated and cut off the tip of his index finger. He was hospitalized. Employee #1 stated that the pull backs did not pull his hands out. The company checked out the press and the set distance on the pull backs. Logically, Employee #1 was not wearing the pull backs or the pull backs failed when something broke. The only other possibility was that when Employee #1 took out the part and got the part in the vertical position, his finger was on top of the part toward the top die, when it cycled. This was not very probable due to the size of the part and the pullback action that would have happened.
Keywords: pull back device, amputated, finger, machine operator, point of operation, press
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312559693 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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