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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 119944379 - Superior Industries International - California, In

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 119944379Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 05/19/2000

Superior Industries International - California, In
7800 Woodley Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3714/Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/18/2000
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/30/2001

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $325 $0 $18,325
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $325 $0 $18,325
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01002 Other 342 A 10/16/2000 10/19/2000 $325 $325 $0 -
  2. 02001 Serious 3650 M 10/16/2000 11/03/2000 $18,000 $18,000 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201112679Event: 04/17/2000Employee Injured When Struck By Ingot Falling Off Fork Lift
On April 17, 2000, Employee #1 was performing his regular job of metal handler, working in the Foundry Department, when the accident occurred. Employee #1 was standing in front of the computer, putting information into the computer, which is located in the Foundry Department, across from the large Furnace Number 1, which melts aluminum scrap. After about five minutes, Employee #1 was knocked to the floor and his left leg was trapped under two or three aluminum ingots which slid off the forks of a fork lift. The ingots weigh approximately 750 pounds each. Employee #1 had his back to the fork lift and was not aware that the operator was in the process of lifting the ingots, which had been brought in from the outside and stacked in front of Furnace Number 1 to dry off. Employee #1 indicated that the ingots are usually brought in by fork lift from outside and placed directly into the furnace. However, because it was raining and the ingots are stored outside, they were wet and needed to dry off before placing them into the furnace, to prevent explosions. Employee #1's left leg was trapped by one of the ingots. The fork lift operator immediately moved the fork lift and lifted the ingot up so that Employee #1 could be freed. The paramedics were called. Employee #1 was taken by ambulance to Valley Presbyterian Hospital, where he was hospitalized for two days and had surgery on his toes. He returned to Northridge Hospital on April 25, 2000, and had surgery to remove an infection from his leg, and was hospitalized overnight. Employee #1 returned to Northridge Hospital on June 2, 2000, and was hospitalized until June 4, 2000, for surgery to his left leg to install a rod.
Keywords: furnace, fracture, metal bar, industrial truck, struck by, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 119944379 Hospitalized injury Fracture Miscellaneous precision metal workers

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