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Inspection: 303843924 - Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc. Plant B

Inspection Information - Office: Nc Winston-Salem


Inspection Nr: 303843924
Report ID: 0453720
Date Opened: 12/16/2000

Site Address:
Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc. Plant B
310 Fisher Ferry Street
Thomasville, NC 27360

Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 339, Thomasville, NC 27361

Union Status: NonUnion



Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 01/24/2001

Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing

Emphasis: S:Program Improvements

Case Closed: 08/27/2001

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 100071109
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $13,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $13,000
Current Penalty $10,400 $0 $0 $0 $0 $10,400
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. 01001A Serious 19100212 A01 03/01/2001 04/17/2001 $4,000 $4,000 $0 -  
2. 01001B Serious 19100213 R04 03/01/2001 04/17/2001 $0 $0 $0 -  
3. 01002 Serious 19100212 A02 03/01/2001 04/17/2001 $3,700 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  
4. 01003 Serious 19100147 C04 II 03/01/2001 04/17/2001 $2,700 $4,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 200071108
Event: 12/15/2000
Employee Killed When Caught In Machinery

At approximately 11:45 p.m. on December 15, 2000, Employee #1 was working in a furniture manufacturing facility operating a Computerized Numeric Controlled (CNC) Shoda Super-Max Twin-XL, twin table, multiple head router; Serial Number MSX-F03-01 to shape to a pattern 2.25-in.-thick laminated wood sleigh bed head posts. The machine was not equipped with adequate perimeter guarding to prevent employees from being in the danger zone during operations and or coming in contact with the point of operation of the rotating cutting heads. The employer had placed 31-in.-high unsecured temporary barrier guarding at the router operation approximately 30 in. from the point of operation. There was no specific lockout or tag-out procedure for the CNC Router and no standardized procedures for cleaning. It appears that the Employee #1 was attempting to blow off the table carriage section of the router using a 39-in. metal air wand attached to a rubber air line while the router was running. As the router indexed from the right table and moved to the left table, Employee #1 was caught by the moving feed table and forced into the router. Employee #1 was struck by the cutter head assembly as it traveled to the left table at a programmed rate of 1000-in.-per-minute. Employee #1 sustained massive head and upper body trauma, multiple fracture and lacerations to the right arm which was caught under the feed table, and three fingers amputated from the left hand. Employee #1 was killed.

Keywords:fracture, head, rotating parts, amputated, finger, caught by, lockout, crushed, laceration, unguarded

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 303843924 Fatality Bruise/Contus/Abras Laborers, except construction
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