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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125582866 - United Defense, Cp

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Fremont District Office

Nr: 125582866Report ID: 0950612Open Date: 12/23/1996

United Defense, Cp
1125 Coleman Avenue
San Jose, CA 95103
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3795/Tanks and Tank Components
Mailing: 1125 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95103

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:03/18/1997
Close Case:05/09/1997

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

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

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 342 A 04/09/1997 05/12/1997 $0 $0 $0 A - Amendment

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201790144Event: 11/26/1996Employee Injured In Fall Into Surface Access Pit
At approximately 6:30 p.m., Employee #1 and a coworker were painting a new prototype military-style vehicle. The two worked as a team and had a long-standing protocol wherein all working surface access pits were closed immediately upon exiting. When the coworker left the bottom access pit, a company photographer was standing in the staircase well taking pictures of the new vehicle being painted. When the photographer concluded his work, he departed and left the access pit grate open. Employee #1, who was working with his back to the pit, continued to paint the vehicle, stepping backward as usual. He stepped into the open access pit and fell between 5 and 7 ft onto the metal steps. Employee #1 fractured parts of his spine and sustained other body trauma, for which he was hospitalized.
Keywords: fracture, spine, work rules, pit, fall, walking backward, communication, unguarded, work surface
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125582866 Hospitalized injury Fracture Painting and paint spraying machine operators

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