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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300776069 - American Recycling

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera


Inspection Nr: 300776069
Report ID: 0950642
Date Opened: 11/15/2000

Site Address:
American Recycling
1232 East 63rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90001

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 02/27/2001

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 08/11/2004

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362611964
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $875 $0 $11,675
Current Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $875 $0 $11,675
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 342 A 02/27/2001 03/17/2001 $175 $175 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 3203 A 02/27/2001 03/17/2001 $350 $350 $0 -  
3. 01003 Other 4355 A01 02/27/2001 03/17/2001 $350 $350 $0 -  
4. 02001 Serious 3314 A 02/27/2001 03/07/2001 $10,800 $10,800 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201054491
Event: 09/06/2000
Employee Injured When Hand Crushed In Baler

Employee #1 was a baler operator at a recycling company. On the day of the accident Employee #1 was operating the "Balemaster", a computerized baler that automatically tightens and twists four wires (four wires on top and four wires on the bottom for a total of four straps) to strap the bales inside the machine. The twister mechanism is design to twist eight revolutions, cut the wires and twist back three revolutions. At the time of the accident, for an unknown reason, one of the wires was not engaged by one of the twister hooks. In an attempt to correct the problem, Employee #1 opened the gates where the twisting mechanism is located without locking out the machine and attempted to engage the wire. At that time the twisting mechanism started to work and caught Employee #1's gloved left hand. Employee #1 suffered contusions, lacerations and severe muscle damage to the left pinky. Employee#1's left pinky finger was amputated. Employee #1 was hospitalized.

Keywords:amputated, finger, lockout, laceration, baler, contusion

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300776069 Hospitalized injury Amputation Compressing and compacting machine operators
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