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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 316695261 - U S Borax Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys-Min/Tunn


Inspection Nr: 316695261
Report ID: 0950652
Date Opened: 07/25/2013

Site Address:
U S Borax Inc
14486 Borax Rd
Boron, CA 93516

Mailing Address:
, , 00000

Union Status: Union


NAICS: 212391/ Potash, Soda, and Borate Mineral Mining

Inspection Type: Accident

Scope: Partial

Advanced Notice: N

Ownership: Private

Safety/Health: Safety

Close Conference: 10/14/2013

Emphasis: L:Tunnel

Case Closed: 11/18/2014

Related Activity
Type Activity Nr Safety Health
Accident 362175994
Violation Summary
Violations/Penalties Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,280 $0 $5,280
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,280 $0 $5,280
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 12/20/2013 12/25/2013 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -  
2. 01002 Other 7046 B 12/20/2013 12/25/2013 $280 $280 $0 -  

Investigation Summary

Investigation Nr: 202422374
Event: 02/21/2013
Bay Worker Trips On Uneven Surface And Fractures Femur

At approximately 10:00 a.m. on February 21, 2013, Employee #1, a 52-year-old male shipping operator with U S Borax Inc., a surface mining and refining of Borates Company and was working at a shipping dock that contained eight truck bays. Employee #1 secured a load in bay number seven with a load bar, and then walked to bay number six to return an extension pipe. On his way back to bay number seven Employee #1 tripped on an approximately 3 in. change in elevation in the concrete floor, fell, and broke his left femur. The "step" was in a 36 in. wide space between a support beam and a portable dock net support. It was common for the shipping workers to walk in this space when moving between bays. Bays number seven and bay number eight were added years earlier, and this was the reason for this single change in elevation between bay's number six and number seven. The other identical areas between docks are smooth. The cause of this incident was the stumbling hazard created by the 3 in. change in elevation in a commonly used walkway.

Keywords:fracture, uneven ground, tripped, loading dock, leg

Investigated Inspection
# Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 316695261 Hospitalized injury Fracture Miscellaneous material moving equipment operators
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