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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119823151 - Fibertech Polymers Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 119823151Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 12/05/2002

Fibertech Polymers Inc
4405 Fruitland Ave
Vernon, CA 90058
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2653/Corrugated and Solid Fiber Boxes
NAICS: 322211/Corrugated and Solid Fiber Box Manufacturing
Mailing: 5000 Birch St Suite 4800, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/15/2003
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:07/13/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101053262    
 Accident362507881    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 5 9
Current Violations 4 5 9
Initial Penalty $39,600 $0 $0 $2,200 $0 $41,800
Current Penalty $18,180 $0 $0 $500 $0 $18,680
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 04/17/2003 05/20/2003 $200 $275 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 461 A 04/17/2003 05/20/2003 $200 $275 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 25100058 A 04/17/2003 05/20/2003 $0 $550 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 3203 A 04/17/2003 05/20/2003 $100 $550 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 3314 H 04/17/2003 05/20/2003 $0 $550 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 02001 Serious 4845 B 04/17/2003 04/27/2003 $1,800 $7,200 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 03001 Serious 23400023 04/17/2003 04/27/2003 $1,800 $7,200 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 04001 Serious 3314 F 04/17/2003 04/27/2003 $180 $7,200 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 05001 Serious 3314 A 04/17/2003 04/27/2003 $14,400 $18,000 $0 04/29/2003 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201057023Event: 12/04/2002Employee Suffers Amputation Of Hand In Machine Accident
On December 4, 2002, a machine operator for Fibertech Polymers Inc. was manufacturing bender board used in the construction industry. Immediately before the accident, he was trained by his supervisor to unclog the raw material hopper of an extruding and forming machine, utilizing a long extension wooden stick. After his supervisor left the manufacturing area, the hopper became clogged. The employee attempted to clear the jam following his supervisor's instructions. While the employee's right hand was inside the hopper, the hopper's automatic sliding gate closed on his wrist. An accident investigation revealed that it was common practice to clear a jam while the machine was still energized, using an extended wooden stick, appropriate in length, to clear a clog inside the hopper. The proper procedure would have been to disengage the power source of the machine when an employee is required to unclog the hopper. The employee suffered an amputation to his right hand, and was hospitalized for emergency treatment.
Keywords: maintenance, jammed, hand tool, forming machine, hand, hopper, wrist
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119823151 Hospitalized injury Amputation Extruding and forming machine operators

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