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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312975642 - Harvel Plastics, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Allentown

Nr: 312975642Report ID: 0317900Open Date: 08/19/2009

Harvel Plastics, Inc.
300 Kuebler Rd.
Easton, PA 18044
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3088/Plastics Plumbing Fixtures
NAICS: 326191/Plastics Plumbing Fixture Manufacturing
Mailing: P.O. Box 757, Easton, PA 18042

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/19/2009
Emphasis: S:AmputationsClose Case:09/24/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral201325719 Yes Yes

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
Current Penalty $1,750 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,750
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100147 C04 I 08/31/2009 10/05/2009 $1,750 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01001B Serious 19100147 C06 I 08/31/2009 10/05/2009 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01001C Serious 19100147 D04 I 08/31/2009 10/05/2009 $0 $0 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201321445Event: 08/19/2009Employee Amputates Three Fingers In Valve
On August 19, 2009, Employee #1 and a coworker, an electrician, were clearing a jam. While holding a wire, Employee #1 inserted his hand into an ORTEX guillotine valve. At some point, someone leaned on a wire cage, used to hold the powder, which then tripped the scale. That activated the valve, which closed and amputated Employee #1's three fingers. After cutting his fingers, Employee #1 was held there until his coworker was able to release the valve. Employee #1 was hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, cleaning, electrician, jammed, caught between, point of operation, valve
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312975642 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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