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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1399911.015 - Tower Automotive

Inspection Information - Office: Michigan Safety Gen


Inspection Nr: 1399911.015
Report ID: 0552652
Date Opened: 05/23/2019

Site Address:
Tower Automotive
43955 Plymouth Oaks Blvd
Plymouth, MI 48170

Mailing Address:
43955 Plymouth Oaks Blvd, Plymouth, MI 48170

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 336211/Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Referral

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/06/2019

Emphasis: N:Amputate, S:Injury/Illness

Case Closed: 07/17/2020

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Referral 1454050 Yes
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $5,000 $0 $12,000
Current Penalty $4,200 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,200
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 Serious 19100147 C04 I 07/03/2019 08/06/2019 $4,200 $7,000 $0 10/10/2019 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 02001 Other 408.22139(2) 07/03/2019 $5,000 $5,000 $0 10/10/2019 J - ALJ Decision Citation has been deleted.

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 116489.015
Event: 12/08/2018
Employee Fractures Hands Due To Stored Pneumatic Energy

At 6:00 p.m. on December 8, 2018, an employee and a coworker (his supervisor) we re searching for a leak in an air cylinder on an OP 360 R machine. The employee located the leak coming from a loose seal. The employee attempted to tighten the seal by hand without bleeding the pneumatic pressure first. As the employee was tightening the seal, the stored pressure caused the tool to activate. The tool caught the employee's hands in the equipment causing crushing injuries to both h ands. The employee incurred fractures in both hands, requiring hospitalization.

Keywords:air pressure, compressed air, crushing, cylinder, fracture, hand, hand tool, inspecting, leak, lockout, lockout/tagout, pinched, pneumatic, pneumatic cylinder, pneumatic tool , seal

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1399911.015 Hospitalized injury Machinery maintenance occupations
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