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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126029511 - Johanson Dielectrics

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys


Inspection Nr: 126029511
Report ID: 0950643
Date Opened: 06/23/2000

Site Address:
Johanson Dielectrics
15191 Bledsoe St.
Sylmar, CA 91342

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 12/01/2000

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 04/10/2001

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362504326
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 5 6
Current Violations 1 5 6
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,590 $0 $19,590
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,590 $0 $19,590
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 3203 A07 C 12/01/2000 12/14/2000 $280 $280 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 4185 12/01/2000 12/06/2000 $280 $280 $0 -  
3. 01003 Other 4207 A04 12/01/2000 12/06/2000 $280 $280 $0 -  
4. 01004 Other 3203 B02 12/01/2000 12/14/2000 $375 $375 $0 -  
5. 01005 Other 342 A 12/01/2000 12/06/2000 $375 $375 $0 -  
6. 02001 Serious 3314 A 12/01/2000 12/06/2000 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201112786
Event: 06/06/2000
Employee'S Fingers Injured When Caught In Metal Press

Employee #1, of Johansson Dielectrics, was operating PH press #1 in the screening department. She had not operated this particular press before but she had used another PH press in the screening department for two days over the course of the previous weeks. The process called for placing a metal plate with ceramic sheets onto the press conveyor and then pushing the foot pedal to move the plate into the pressing area of the machine. Employee #1 had been operating the press for approximately 30 minutes and had processed about 40 plates when she noticed that the special paper sheet taped to the upper platen of the press had some of the material from the plates sticking on it. She took off the guard, removed the special paper from the upper platen, and went to cut another piece of paper. She then came back to the press and reached into the point of operation to attach the special paper to the upper platen. In doing so, she passed across the sensor in front of the pressing area and the machine cycled. The lower platen closed on her left hand, crushing it between the press platens. Employee #1 could not remove her hand and she hit the red EMERGENCY STOP button, but this did not open the press. Coworkers responded to her screams and they also tried hitting the EMERGENCY STOP button thinking it would open the press. Employee #1's supervisor then came over and started the press, which opened the platens and freed her hand. Employee #1 suffered amputation of the middle and fourth fingers below the first knuckle, bone loss in her index finger, and loss of fatty tissue on her little finger. She was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital, where she underwent surgery on her fingers. At the time this report was written, Employee #1 indicated that she was scheduled for additional surgery on her index and middle fingers and that she was undergoing physical therapy. Employee #1 had not deenergized the press before replacing the paper on the upper platen.

Keywords:power press, work rules, emergency stop, lockout, caught between, crushed, inexperience, point of operation, press operator, hand

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 126029511 Hospitalized injury Amputation Pressing machine operators
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