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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 125851386 - Imperial Die Cutting, Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Sacramento

Nr: 125851386Report ID: 0950621Open Date: 05/01/1998

Imperial Die Cutting, Inc
800 Richards Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2754/Commercial Printing, Gravure

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/10/1998
Close Case:03/01/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint78151438 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 4 6
Current Violations 2 3 5
Initial Penalty $4,750 $0 $0 $700 $0 $5,450
Current Penalty $1,250 $0 $0 $500 $0 $1,750
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 06/10/1998 06/15/1998 $200 $200 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 461 A 06/10/1998 06/19/1998 $200 $200 $0 -
  3. 01003 Other 23400023 06/10/1998 06/15/1998 $100 $100 $0 -
Deleted 4. 01004 Other 4185 06/10/1998 06/15/1998 $0 $200 $0 A - Amendment
  5. 02001 Serious 4070 A 06/10/1998 07/09/1998 $500 $750 $0 01/20/1999 J - ALJ Decision
  6. 03001 Serious 4002 A 06/10/1998 07/10/1998 $750 $4,000 $0 06/16/1998 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170618300Event: 11/26/1997Employee'S Fingers Crushed In Letter Press
At 12 noon on November 26, 1997, Employee #1, of Imperial Die Cutting, was assisting the operator of a Heidelberg letter press because the paper was not dropping in the correct position in the dies. After observing the situation for several cycles, Employee #1 reached into the die area to check the location of the paper before it dropped and the dies closed. The two workers did not coordinate their efforts and the operator continued to jog the machine not realizing the Employee #1's right hand was inside. The dies closed upon his fingers with a force of approximately 3,000 lb per square in. and a closing gap of less than 4 in. The ring on this fourth finger was crushed almost flat and twisted, nearly amputating the finger; two other fingers were broken into fragments, with nerve and tendon damage. Employee #1 was driven to a local medical clinic and then referred to Mercy Hospital, where he was admitted for treatment. Subsequent investigation revealed that there were many parts of the press machines that were not adequately guarded by the manufacturer or by the employer.
Keywords: printing press, power press, finger, guard, work rules, crushed, die guard, point of operation, press operator, communication
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 125851386 Hospitalized injury Fracture Printing machine operators

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