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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 120317193 - Samco Scientific Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 120317193Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 04/30/2003

Samco Scientific Corporation
1050 Arroyo Avenue
San Fernando, CA 91340
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3085/Plastics Bottles
NAICS: 326160/Plastics Bottle Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/09/2003
Close Case:07/01/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,650 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,650
Current Penalty $7,650 $0 $0 $0 $0 $7,650
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3314 A 07/08/2003 07/22/2003 $7,650 $7,650 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201115151Event: 03/21/2003Employee'S Finger Fractured When Caught In A Machine
At approximately 11:50 a.m. on March 21, 2003, Employee #1, a team leader, was working at a manufacturing plant. The machines are custom made onsite by Samco. The base machine is a plastic blow-molding machine. As the plastic is blown down, the die closes around it, and air pressure expands the plastic. Water is pumped in to the die to cool the hot plastic. The die opens and a pipet is ejected on to a conveyor. Operators remove excess flashing from the pipet and pack them into boxes. Team Leaders are mechanics in charge of the operation of up to 6 machines. Operators report any operating problems to the team leader so the team leader can take corrective action. Employee #1 was adjusting the chutes for machine Number 17. The chutes are the areas where the pipets drop down in to after they are ejected from the die. A plastic protective cover must be moved to make adjustments. It is interlocked and stops any movement of the machine while adjustments are made. Employee #1 placed a screwdriver into the interlock to bypass the safety feature. As the machine started the die closed and pinched Employee #1's left index finger. He received an open fracture to his left index finger and was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, finger, molding machine, caught by, lockout, caught between, nip point, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 120317193 Non Hospitalized injury Fracture Specified mechanics and repairers

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