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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300859501 - Tamco Steel

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino


Inspection Nr: 300859501
Report ID: 0950633
Date Opened: 09/12/2002

Site Address:
Tamco Steel
12459-B Arrow Rte Hwy
00859816ucamonga, CA 91739

Mailing Address:
12459-B Arrow Rte Hwy, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Union Status: Union



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 02/11/2003


Case Closed: 03/18/2004

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362448169
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
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 3210 A 02/11/2003 02/14/2003 $18,000 $18,000 $0 03/20/2003 J - ALJ Decision  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201156445
Event: 09/12/2002
Employee Is Injured In Fall From Top Of Hopper Car

At approximately 1:45 a.m. on September 12, 2002, Employee #1, a mechanic for Tamco Steel, Inc., was on top of a hopper railcar, checking the level of zinc dust in the car. This zinc dust was the residue of hazardous waste generated from the electric arc furnace. The company collected this fine dust in a baghouse and transported it in railcars to out-of-State zinc recyclers. Employee #1 was moving on top of the railcar when he stumbled and fell 14 ft over the side onto the concrete surface. He suffered a compound fracture of his right femur, a fractured left patella, a fractured right wrist, and a fracture to his left eye socket. Coworkers came to his aid, and paramedics transported him to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, where he was hospitalized for four days.

Keywords:hopper car, fracture, dust, work rules, railroad car, tripped, fall, slippery surface, work surface, leg

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 300859501 Hospitalized injury Fracture Helpers, mechanics and repairers
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