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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 307169276 - Armstrong World Industries Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera


Inspection Nr: 307169276
Report ID: 0950642
Date Opened: 08/07/2006

Site Address:
Armstrong World Industries Inc
5037 Patata St
South Gate, CA 90280

Mailing Address:
5037 Patata St, South Gate, CA 90280

Union Status: NonUnion


NAICS: 326192/Resilient Floor Covering Manufacturing

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 01/26/2007


Case Closed: 05/12/2007

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 102467685
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,800 $0 $5,800
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,800 $0 $5,800
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 Other 342 A 01/26/2007 03/14/2007 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 3314 A 01/26/2007 03/14/2007 $800 $800 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202453031
Event: 07/27/2006
Employee Amputates Finger While Cleaning Mixing Machine

At approximately 4:37 a.m. on July 27, 2006, Employee #1 was cleaning the interior of mixer. The mixers are used to mix vinyl components that make up floor tile. They have large paddles inside, in a horizontal position that turn counter clockwise and are heated to blend and fuse the mixture. The employee scraped the walls of the mixer and was sweeping out the residue with a foxtail broom, in a back and forth motion. His left gloved middle finger got stuck between the wall of the mixer and one of the paddles. He pulled his hand upward in a jerk motion and realized he had cut his finger. He then went to the office and told a coworker about the accident and the paramedics were called. The employee was stabilized, and then transported to St. Francis Emergency Hospital where he was treated. He then was transported to Western Hand and Orthopedics where he was treated further for the amputation of his left middle finger to the first joint. Employee #1 was hospitalized. The employee had worked this position for one and one-half months prior to the accident. He was trained in lock-out procedures, specifically for the mixer he was cleaning and stated that the machine had been properly locked out prior to the accident.

Keywords:amputated, finger, glove, cleaning, mixer, caught by, lockout

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 307169276 Hospitalized injury Amputation Mixing and blending machine operators
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