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Inspection: 316980770 - Grimmway Enterprises, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Bakersfield District Office

Nr: 316980770Report ID: 0950647Open Date: 12/11/2013

Grimmway Enterprises, Inc.
11412 Malaga Rd
Arvin, CA 93203
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0723/Crop Preparation Services for Market, Except Cotton Ginning
NAICS: 115114/Postharvest Crop Activities (except Cotton Ginning)
Mailing: Po Box 81498, Bakersfield, CA 93380

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/08/2014
Close Case:04/25/2017

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102859253    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $21,825 $0 $0 $850 $0 $22,675
Current Penalty $12,000 $0 $0 $635 $0 $12,635
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 23200002 A06 05/08/2014 05/13/2014 $0 $425 $0 05/14/2014 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 23200002 A04 05/08/2014 05/13/2014 $0 $425 $0 05/14/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 23200002 A01 05/08/2014 06/02/2014 $635 $3,825 $0 05/14/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 03001 Serious 3314 D 05/08/2014 06/02/2014 $12,000 $18,000 $0 05/14/2014 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202458741Event: 11/12/2013Employee Amputates Thumb And Finger On Cutting Machine
At approximately 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2013, Employee #1, a mechanic with Grimmway Enterprises, Inc., was repairing the bean cutter machine (Urschel: Model Number: 30) in the maintenance shop located in building I-1. Employee #1 and his immediate supervisor installed a drive motor on the bean cutter, which replaced the hydraulic system previously on the machine. A coworker installed an electrical cable and plug on the same piece of machinery's drive motor. The coworker then connected the machine to a portable test station. The coworker attempted to turn the machine on, using the on/off switch on the test station. The coworker determined the switch was not functioning. The coworker opened the panel door to the test station and performed a manual start of the station to power the machine. Employee #1 and the supervisor then visually verified that the unit was turning in the proper direction. The coworker then manually turned the unit off. Employee #1 then positioned himself in front of the machine to install a new blade (Number: ten). The coworker then opened the panel and began to trouble shoot the test station. The test station turned on and activated the cutting machine. Employee #1 was unscrewing a screw under the inside bottom of the outer bowl of the machine, as it was activated. The outer bowl and inter bowl created a pinch point, where Employee #1 had placed his left hand. Two of Employee #1's fingers were pinched and then amputated, at the distal phalanx of the thumb and at the middle phalanx of the left index finger. Employee #1 was hospitalized. The investigation concluded that the accident was caused as a result of failure to take positive means, such as disconnecting the machine from its source of power, or other action which would have effectively prevented the machine from inadvertent movement.
Keywords: maintenance, amputated, repair, finger, farm machinery, mechanic, thumb, nip point, automatic restart, machine--misc
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316980770 Hospitalized injury Amputation Specified mechanics and repairers

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