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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED

Inspection: 1614418.015 - High Performance Alloys, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Indiana


Inspection Nr: 1614418.015
Report ID: 0551800
Date Opened: 08/12/2022

Site Address:
High Performance Alloys, Inc.
444 Wilson St
Tipton, IN 46072

Mailing Address:
1985 E 500 North, Windfall, IN 46076

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 331492/ Secondary Smelting, Refining, and Alloying of Nonferrous Metal (except Copper and Aluminum)

Inspection Type: Fat/Cat

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 11/04/2022


Case Closed: 12/16/2022

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 1933180
Case Status: CLOSED
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
Current Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,000
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 22.8(1)(1)(SEC2) 11/10/2022 12/13/2022 $7,000 $7,000 $0 Z - Issued  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 148799.015
Event: 08/12/2022
Employee Is Struck And Killed By Metal Bar

At 7:55 a.m. on August 12, 2022, A coworker , a press operator, set up a hydraul ic press before running production. The hydraulic press had 5-inch diameter meta l bars on each corner bolster plate. The bars ensured the correct height was set for the hydraulic press. Employee #1, the plant manager, approached the coworke r at the control panel to talk about the work orders with his back towards the h ydraulic press which was approximately 9.5 feet away. Then the quality assurance manager and Employee #1 started to talk while the coworker started to cycle the machine with the maintenance manager waiting to talk to the plant manager. The press head lowered until it contacted with the bars and stared bog down. The cow orker placed the machine into manual mode, raised the head, and went into idle m ode. The coworker recycled the hydraulic press, and the press head came back int o contact with the bars and started adding pressure onto them. The southwest cor ner bar shot out from underneath the bolster plate towards the control panel. Th e bar struck Employee #1 in the back and the coworker was grazed on the ear. Bot h employees were taken to the hospital after the incident. Employee #1 died due to his injury.

Keywords:blunt force, blunt force trauma, high pressure, hydraulic, hydraulic press, metal bar, press operator, pressure, projectile, struck by, top plate

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1614418.015 Fatality Personnel and labor relations managers
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