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Inspection: 316981638 - Grapeman Farms Lp Dba Lucich Farms

Inspection Information - Office: Bakersfield District Office

Nr: 316981638Report ID: 0950647Open Date: 03/05/2014

Grapeman Farms Lp Dba Lucich Farms
23313 Hwy 166
Maricopa, CA 93252
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 0721/Crop Planting, Cultivating, and Protecting
NAICS: 115112/ Soil Preparation, Planting, and Cultivating
Mailing: Po Box 1266, 369 Road 176, Delano, CA 93216

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/18/2014
Close Case:12/21/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102860178    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 1 2 3
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,060 $0 $19,060
Current Penalty $6,750 $0 $0 $210 $0 $6,960
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 14300029 A 08/11/2014 09/03/2014 $0 $210 $0 08/26/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 3440 C03 08/11/2014 08/14/2014 $210 $850 $0 08/26/2014 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 3441 A02 08/11/2014 09/03/2014 $6,750 $18,000 $0 08/26/2014 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202459079Event: 02/12/2014Worker Is Caught By Power Take-Off And Sustains Fracture
At approximately 7:00 a.m. on February 12, 2014, an employee was working as a tractor operator at a vineyard. His employer was a 110-person business engaged in growing grapes. The employee had just begun his shift work. He was using a brush shredder attached to a power take-off (PTO) on the tractor. The employee later said that the brush shredder was malfunctioning. He opened the door guarding the belt and pulley drive to investigate. His right hand was caught between the drive belt and pulley. He sustained injuries including an open fracture to the index finger on his right hand and skin and tendon damage. Emergency medical services were contacted, and they responded to the location. The employee's Supervisor was not present during this incident. The employee was transported to Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, CA. He was admitted to the hospital and was an inpatient for three days. The employer notified the Division of the incident at 12:48 p.m. on February 12, 2014. The Division opened an investigation with the employer on March 5, 2014. The investigation concluded that the employee left the tractor, PTO, and brush shredder powered while accessing a guarded area of the machine. It further concluded that this action was the cause of the incident. As a result of the investigation, the Division issued a Serious Accident-related citation for GISO 3441 (a) (2), along with a regulatory and a general citation.
Keywords: fracture, belt, agriculture, finger, guard, farm machinery, caught by, lockout, pulley, power take-off
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316981638 Hospitalized injury Fracture Industrial truck and tractor equipment operators

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