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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1606196.015 - The Norwalk Glass Co., Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Bridgeport


Inspection Nr: 1606196.015
Report ID: 0111500
Date Opened: 07/01/2022

Site Address:
The Norwalk Glass Co., Inc
4 Testa Place
Norwalk, CT 06854

Mailing Address:
4 Testa Place, Norwalk, CT 06854

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 327215/Glass Product Manufacturing Made of Purchased Glass

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 07/01/2022

Emphasis: L:Forklift

Case Closed: 02/16/2023

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1914011
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $20,302 $0 $0 $0 $0 $20,302
Current Penalty $14,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $14,000
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 19100178 L04 III 12/30/2022 02/17/2023 $7,000 $10,151 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
2. 01002 Serious 19100178 M10 12/30/2022 02/28/2023 $7,000 $10,151 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 148995.015
Event: 07/01/2022
Employee Is Killed When Chest Is Crushed/Pinned By Forklift

At 10:11 a.m. on July 1, 2022, an employee was observed using the forklift to li ft a large wooden pallet into a roll-off dumpster. The forks were raised, the fo rklift driven forward, and the fork angle lowered to get the pallet to slide off the forks into the dumpster. After this did not work, the driver got out, reach ed up, and attempted to push the pallet off the forks, which caused the pallet t o move a few inches but remain on the forks. Next the worker stepped up onto the flat surface between the mast and the control panel and reached forward from be hind the mast in an attempt to knock the pallet forward off the forks. He then r eturned to the forklift seat and elevated the forks and tilted the mast forward and moved the forks up and down. The worker again stepped up behind the mast and was using both hands to push the pallet forward, when one of his feet inadverte ntly activated the middle lever which moved the boom backwards, pinning his ches t between the back of the boom and the front of the forklift roof. The worker im mediately used his foot to try and hit the lever in an attempt to move the mast forward, however was only successful in dropping the forks. The worker then bega n to lose consciousness and remained pinned for approximately 16 minutes before another worker noticed he was pinned and rushed to rescue him. The employee was killed.

Keywords:chest, crushed, dumpster, forklift, forks, mast, pallet, pinned, unconsciousness

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1606196.015 Fatality Glaziers
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