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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 11 12
Current Violations 1 11 12
Initial Penalty $520 $0 $0 $1,850 $0 $2,370
Current Penalty $250 $0 $0 $650 $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 890032 M B 05/23/1989 06/03/1989 $250 $520 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 19100037 K 2 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $100 $210 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02002 Other 19100106 D 3 IIA 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $100 $210 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 02003 Other 19100133 A 1 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $50 $145 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 02004 Other 19100157 C 1 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $75 $210 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02005 Other 19100303 F 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $25 $210 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 02006 Other 19100303 G 1 I 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $100 $210 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  8. 02007 Other 19100305 J 1 I 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $50 $285 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  9. 02008 Other 890032 E C00002 05/23/1989 06/03/1989 $50 $50 $0 -
  10. 02009 Other 09123304 B 05/23/1989 06/03/1989 $100 $220 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  11. 02010 Other 09123102 A 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $0 $50 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  12. 02011 Other 09123107 A 1 05/23/1989 05/26/1989 $0 $50 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 887869 Event: 03/15/1989Employee'S Arm Burned By Carbon Dioxide Laser Beam
On February 22, 1989, Employee #1, a trained employee with three years of experience, was operating an Acme Cleveland Corp. model l510-S laser cutting system to manufacture men's and women's custom tailored suits. The system consists of a pallet shuttle that moves pallets with fabric into a cutting area with an enclosed top, bottom, and two sides. Plexiglass shielding is located at the pallet entrance and exit, with a small square opening at the lower corner on each side. The pallet is removed for review after cutting and then passed on to another portion of the shuttle, where the pallet is lowered and returned to the beginning of the system. All movement is controlled by an operator via computer console. Daily test cuts are made prior to beginning work to detect problems, and weekly and monthly maintenance checks are also performed per the manufacturer's specifications. Documented major repairs are performed by an outside contractor. On the day of the accident, a test cut was performed and, because no problems were detected, Employee #1 inserted a pallet, initiated the first cut, and moved away to review documents in preparation for the next cut. When she returned to the control position, she noticed that no cuts had been made. She leaned forward, looked into the plexiglass, and reached up with her right hand to hit the halt button. She felt pain in her left forearm. Employee #1 had sustained second- and third-degree burns from a carbon dioxide laser beam. She was treated at a local hospital and released to return to work after scheduling follow-up visits. Subsequent investigation by the company found that a screw had become loose on one of five reflective mirrors that controlled the laser path direction. The resulting shift in the mirror allowed the beam to overshoot it and exit the cutting area. The manufacturer has built-in provisions for automatic shutdown of the laser due to overheating, but not for a misalignment of the beam path. A maintenance technician resecured the mirror, checked all other mirrors, and applied Locktite to all screws to prevent a reoccurrence of this incident. The same was done for the employer's two other systems, which are identical to the unit involved in this accident.
Keywords: burn, inadequate maint, laser, carbon dioxide, arm
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 108422551 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Miscellaneous precision apparel and fabric workers

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