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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120173802 - Sears

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Redding

Nr: 120173802Report ID: 0950623Open Date: 02/21/1996

3300 Broadway
Eureka, CA 95501
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7538/General Automotive Repair Shops

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/21/1996
Close Case:07/09/1996

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 5 2 7
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $11,250 $0 $0 $450 $0 $11,700
Current Penalty $6,870 $0 $0 $300 $0 $7,170
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 03/21/1996 03/21/1996 $300 $300 $0 -
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 3203 A 03/21/1996 04/15/1996 $0 $150 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 3325 C 03/21/1996 03/25/1996 $0 $1,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 03001 Serious 3326 H08 03/21/1996 03/25/1996 $935 $1,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 04001 Serious 3382 A 03/21/1996 03/15/1996 $935 $1,250 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 05001 Serious 3325 A 03/21/1996 03/15/1996 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
Deleted 7. 06001 Serious 3326 H01 C 03/21/1996 03/25/1996 $0 $2,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170362446Event: 12/11/1995Employees Injured As Mismatched Tire Ruptures
Employee #1 and a coworker were working as tire installers at an automotive repair center. They were installing two 16.5 in. tires on two new 16.5 in. rims. Neither employee picked up the new rims on the work order and they accidentally installed the 16.5 in. tires on the old 16 in. rims. The first tire was installed on the tire machine. The second tire would not seat on the tire machine. A bead seater, the 16 in. rim, and the 16.5 in. tire were placed on the floor. Employee #1 had the coworker stand on the tire while he held a chuck on the valve and inflated the tire with unregulated air. The tire started to seat and Employee #1 had the coworker get off. The tire then ruptured and the valve tore Employee #1's right thumb off at the first knuckle, leaving it hanging by skin. He also received a deep cut over his left eye and rubber embedded in his eye. The coworker was thrown against a truck and suffered a sprained neck and a concussion. The causes of the accident were not using a clip on the chuck and not matching the tire and rim sizes.
Keywords: amputated, work rules, thumb, rupture, high pressure, valve, inflating, tire rim, inattention, tire
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120173802 Hospitalized injury Amputation Automobile mechanics

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