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Inspection: 301331419 - Coast Aluminum & Architectural Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office


Inspection Nr: 301331419
Report ID: 0950644
Date Opened: 01/24/2004

Site Address:
Coast Aluminum & Architectural Inc.
10628 Fulton Wells Ave.
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 541990/ All Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 06/09/2004

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing


Case Closed: 12/28/2006

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362594962
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $36,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $36,000
Current Penalty $19,800 $0 $0 $0 $0 $19,800
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 3328 B 06/09/2004 06/19/2004 $18,000 $18,000 $0 10/29/2004 F - Formal Settlement  
2. 02001 Serious 5022 D 06/09/2004 06/19/2004 $1,800 $18,000 $0 10/29/2004 F - Formal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 201798139
Event: 01/23/2004
Employee Is Killed By Falling Load

At about 11:36 p.m. on January 23, 2004, Employee #1 was operating a 3-ton, floor-operated, overhead Engineering Hoist Crane (Serial Number 34628). This crane was relocated to the company's Oakland facility in December of 2002. A Strato-Vacuum lifting device (Model Number 27300-4, Serial Number CR-3175) was purchased in 1996 and attached to the crane. Sometime later, this lifting device was modified to have three suction cups instead of four. Each cup was rated to lift 1,000 lbs. Employee #1 was using the device to lift a 4-ft by 12-ft by 1-in. aluminum plate that weighed about 710 lbs. There was another plate of the same size that was stacked under this plate. Both plates were stored on a temporary platform. The top plate was located 3 ft above the floor, when, for an unknown reason, Employee #1 pushed the button to deactivate the crane. This caused the vacuum device to release the plate, which fell and struck Employee #1's head, killing him. One contributing factor in the accident was failure to maintain and test the vacuum device. The suction cups had tears, a vacuum hose was severed, and a vacuum fitting was leaking. Another contributing cause was failure to proof-test the crane, both initially and after structural modifications. A third factor was the vacuum lifting device being wired with the crane power switch.

Keywords:leak, head, start button, suspended load, equipment failure, hoist, metal sheet, crushed, falling object, crane

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 301331419 Fatality Other Slicing and cutting machine operators
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