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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125946657 - Triple A Containers

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office


Inspection Nr: 125946657
Report ID: 0950635
Date Opened: 12/27/2006

Site Address:
Triple A Containers
16069 Shoemaker
Cerritos, CA 90703

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 332439/Other Metal Container Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Complete

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 03/13/2007

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 01/02/2009

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362410557
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 4 4
Initial Penalty $16,200 $0 $0 $5,650 $0 $21,850
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $1,765 $0 $1,765
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Cited Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 14300007 B03 03/15/2007 04/18/2008 $325 $325 $0 04/16/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 01002 Other 14300029 B01 03/15/2007 04/18/2008 $325 $325 $0 04/16/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
3. 01003 Other 342 A 03/14/2007 03/19/2007 $750 $5,000 $0 04/16/2007 F - Formal Settlement  
4. 02001 Other 3212 A01 03/15/2007 03/20/2007 $365 $16,200 $0 04/16/2007 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201038783
Event: 12/09/2006
Employee Is Injured In Fall Into Open Pit

On Saturday, December 9, 2006, Employee #1 was working as a machine operator at a plant at which different types of cardboard boxes were manufactured. He was a regular employee of the employer. Such manufacturing requires several special purpose machines. Employee #1 was near the Langston Titan corrugated box making machine, even though the machine was not involved in the accident. On the southeast side of the machine there is an open pit thirty-eight feet wide by thirty-eight feet long and three-and-a-half feet deep. A sump pump is located there to pump out the accumulated water in the pit from the machine. On the day of the accident, the maintenance supervisor intended to work in the pit in order to install the pump and piping. He asked Employee #1 to come to work and give him a helping hand. Consequently, Employee #1 was in the workplace on the day of the accident. Just before the accident, he was cleaning and sweeping the floor. The maintenance supervisor was operating a pipe threading machine on the east side of the sump pump pit. The machine had a long pipe loaded on the machine that extended on both sides of the machine. On the north side of the pit there was a scissor lift parked. There was not enough room to use the walkway on the north side of the pit, because of the scissor lift and the extended pipe from the pipe threading machine. The pit was open, and it was not guarded by a cover or guardrail At one stage, as Employee #1 was cleaning the floor, the maintenance supervisor called Employee #1 to come and help him on the east side of the pipe threading machine. For Employee #1 to go to the east side of the pipe threading machine, there were two options. One way was to go around the long pipe extending south from the pipe threading machine, which was a long route. The other way was to go past the uncovered pit and the scissor lift on the north, despite the obstructions, and then turn around the short extended pipe from the pipe threading machine. The second route would be shorter, and Employee #1 chose to go that way. As Employee #1 jumped over the open pit to negotiate it, he fell inside. The pump was already inside the pit, and the steel grate (pit cover) was projecting over the open pit by a few inches. As Employee #1 fell on the pit and pump, his left leg hit the extended grate. As a result, he sustained an injury to a tendon with laceration, an injury to his left knee, and a contusion to one of his right ribs. Employee #1 was hospitalized at the Downey Regional Medical Center for two-and-a-half days.

Keywords:knee, tendon, guardrail, unguarded fl opening, machine operator, laceration, pit, rib, fall, pump

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 125946657 Hospitalized injury Other Machine operators, not specified
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