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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120274527 - Usa Cleaners

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 120274527Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 07/21/2000

Usa Cleaners
3605 College Ave
San Diego, CA 92115
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 7219/Laundry and Garment Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/24/2000
Close Case:07/21/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 2 3
Current Violations 3 3
Initial Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $500 $0 $11,300
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $600 $0 $600
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 09/11/2000 09/14/2000 $250 $250 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 461 A 09/11/2000 10/14/2000 $100 $250 $0 10/11/2000 W - Empr Withdrew
  3. 02001 Other 3328 C 09/11/2000 09/29/2000 $250 $10,800 $0 10/11/2000 W - Empr Withdrew

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201063112Event: 07/14/2000Employee'S Hands Burned When Caught In Shirt Presser
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on July 14, 2000, Employee #1, a clothing presser for a laundry and dry cleaning operation, was using an Ajax Presser, model CCW, serial #SPHH12669488, to press shirt collars. She was using both hands to stretch a shirt collar on top of the collar and cuff ironing pad when the hot plate came down on her hands. She screamed loudly and a coworker came over and hit the green release buttons. Employee #1 sustained full-thickness, third-degree burns on both her hands and wrists, and was transported by emergency vehicle to UC-San Diego Burn Center, where she underwent surgery and was hospitalized for more than 22 days. The hot plate come down even though she had not hit any switches or buttons. The employer later stated that the Ajax Presser collar and cuff machine had been repaired twice by the equipment supplier, but the machine's left red CLOSE switch had a history of malfunctioning and becoming stuck in the DOWN position. Employee #1 was trained, but her supervisor was not in the immediate vicinity at the time of the accident. The employer failed to prevent Employee #1 from using the defective collar and cuff ironing machine and was cited for a violation of T8CCR 3328(c).
Keywords: burn, maintenance, work rules, caught between, hand, ironing machine, mech malfunction, high temperature, wrist
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120274527 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Launderers and ironers

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