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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300781465 - Alert Cleaners

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera


Inspection Nr: 300781465
Report ID: 0950642
Open Date: 04/21/2003

Site Address:
Alert Cleaners
2000 E Rosecrans Bl
Compton, CA 90221

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 812320/Drycleaning and Laundry Services (except Coin-Operated)

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 08/06/2003


Close Case:09/13/2010

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 101053981
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 4 6
Current Violations 2 4 6
Initial Penalty $16,200 $0 $0 $5,255 $0 $21,455
Current Penalty $17,700 $0 $0 $5,255 $0 $22,955
FTA Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# Citation ID Citaton Type Standard Issuance Date Abatement Due Date Current Penalty Initial Penalty FTA Penalty Contest Latest Event Note
1. 01001 Other 342 A 08/15/2003 09/17/2003 $5,000 $5,000 $0 09/17/2003 D - Govt Dismissed  
2. 01002 Other 23400021 08/15/2003 09/17/2003 $85 $85 $0 09/17/2003 D - Govt Dismissed  
3. 01003 Other 23400016 B 08/15/2003 09/17/2003 $85 $85 $0 09/17/2003 D - Govt Dismissed  
4. 01004 Other 3203 A 08/15/2003 09/17/2003 $85 $85 $0 09/17/2003 D - Govt Dismissed  
5. 02001 Serious 23400023 08/15/2003 08/27/2003 $2,700 $2,700 $0 09/17/2003 D - Govt Dismissed  
6. 03001 Serious 4492 08/15/2003 08/27/2003 $15,000 $13,500 $0 09/17/2003 D - Govt Dismissed  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201057296
Event: 03/04/2003
Employee'S Arm Burned In Hot Iron Press

At approximately 2:00 p.m. on March 4, 2003, an employee was working as an ironing press operator with Alert Cleaners. This company launders, dry cleans and presses clothes and the employee had been working here for six months. The employee was in the pressing area using a Troy Laundry Machine ironing press, Serial Number SPHP7643362. He was adjusting a pair of pants to be pressed. The press is activated by the operator pressing two red buttons that bring the upper ironing surface (head) down. Then, the green button on the left side of the controls is pressed to release the head. The employee was standing at the right front corner of the press adjusting the pants when the head of the press came down on his left arm and hand. He stated that on occasion, the right red button becomes stuck in the depressed position and that the left red button is always stuck in the depressed position. He stated that he had informed the owner of this condition two days prior to the accident. During the inspection, it was discovered that the two-hand controls were not simultaneous. The left red activation button was found to be stuck in the depressed position with a wad of paper inserted between the button and the collar and the right red button was missing completely. The owner stated that the paper was inserted so that the press could be operated with just one button and that a portion of the right button was present during the accident. He also stated that he did not know who had inserted the paper in the controls. The accident was caused by insufficient guarding since the two-hand controls of the press were not in working condition. Since the controls were not simultaneous, the press could be activated with only one button. When the right button became stuck, and the employee did not pull it out, the press was allowed to activate while his arm was in between the ironing surfaces. The employee was hospitalized with burns to his arm and hand.

Keywords:burn, dry cleaning, two-hand control, iron, arm, press operator, ironing machine

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300781465 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Pressing machine operators
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