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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 103408449 - Gerard Tire Company

Inspection Information - Office: Inact-Walnut Creek

Nr: 103408449Report ID: 0931800Open Date: 01/19/1989

Gerard Tire Company
3440 Mount Diablo Boulevard
Lafayette, CA 94549
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5531/Auto and Home Supply Stores

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:01/20/1989
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:11/21/1989

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint72368087 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $900
Current Penalty $900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $900
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 5A0001 05/31/1989 09/13/1989 $900 $900 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 517037Event: 01/19/1989Employee Injured When Struck By Automobile And Lift
Employee #1 was using a Western Manufacturing Co. Tire Chief TC-25 floor mounted, passenger car tire and brake lift to perform undercarriage work on a vehicle. The lift manufacturer cautions against this practice. While lying under the vehicle and feeling for a nearby tool, he apparently disturbed a flexible hydraulic hose that runs from the control unit located on a shelf along the floor to the ram that raises and lowers the lift. The hydraulic hose and/or fitting near the ram broke and the resulting loss of pressure allowed the vehicle and lift to drop suddenly onto Employee #1. He was hospitalized with a lacerated wrist. The employer routinely failed to prohibit the use of this lift for undercarriage work, failed to display the lift operating instructions in a conspicuous location in the lift area, and failed to train this new employee in the proper operation of this lift, all of which contributed to this accident.
Keywords: hydraulic lift, vehicle, work rules, equipment failure, hydraulic line, struck by, falling object, untrained, pressure release, unstable position
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 103408449 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Occupation not reported

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