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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300759123 - Washington Iron Works

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

 

Inspection Nr: 300759123
Report ID: 0950635
Date Opened: 07/12/2000

Site Address:
Washington Iron Works
17926 S Broadway
Gardena, CA 90248

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: Union

SIC:3499

NAICS: 0 


Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/02/2000

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing

Emphasis:

Case Closed: 11/13/2002


Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362431058
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 5 9
Current Violations 4 4 8
Initial Penalty $70,563 $0 $0 $3,185 $0 $73,748
Current Penalty $19,238 $0 $0 $185 $0 $19,423
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 4214 A 07/13/2000 07/18/2000 $6,750 $20,250 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 02001 Serious 4215 A 07/13/2000 07/18/2000 $675 $20,250 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
3. 03001 Serious 4197 A02 08/02/2000 08/04/2000 $6,750 $25,000 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
4. 04001 Serious 4199 A03 08/02/2000 08/04/2000 $5,063 $5,063 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
5. 05001 Other 4202 A 08/02/2000 08/11/2000 $185 $750 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
6. 05002 Other 4202 C 08/02/2000 08/11/2000 $0 $750 $0 08/23/2000 D - Govt Dismissed Citation has been deleted.
7. 05003 Other 4203 A 08/02/2000 08/11/2000 $0 $185 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
8. 05004 Other 4198 A01 08/02/2000 08/11/2000 $0 $750 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  
9. 05005 Other 4199 A 08/02/2000 08/11/2000 $0 $750 $0 08/23/2000 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201033107
Event: 06/22/2000
Employee'S Neck Punctured By Flying Piece Of Die

Employee #1 worked for a company that made and assembled iron works such as rails and stairs for the construction industry. He was using a Whitney Rockford hydraulic punch press, model 791056, to punch 13/16 holes from 6 ft long channels. Having finished the operation, he was instructed by his supervisor to punch 15/16 holes on two metal plates for another job. He was about to change the machine's upper die when he noticed that a scrap piece from the channel hole he had last punched out had become stuck on the lower die. Not having any other implement to remove the stuck piece, he engaged the machine so the upper die could punch out the piece and send it into a holding box. As the upper punch came down, a portion of it came in contact with the top portion of the lower die, causing a 1/16 in. wide by 1/2 in. long piece to fly into the left side Employee #1's neck and become lodged. He was hospitalized for treatment of puncture injuries. The main causal factor of the accident was the absence of and the failure to enforce the use of hand tools for freeing and removing stuck work or scrap pieces. A contributing factor was the employer's failure to train employees on the hazards of the punching task. The press was not guarded. The employer was cited for a serious accident-related violation of T9CCR 4197(a)(2).

Keywords:stuck, work rules, neck, struck by, flying object, press operator, punch press, untrained, unguarded, puncture

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300759123 Hospitalized injury Puncture Punching and stamping press machine operators
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