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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126075449 - Big Tree Furniture

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 126075449Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 08/17/2000

Big Tree Furniture
3000 Tanager Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2511/Wood Household Furniture, Except Upholstered

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/08/2000
Close Case:09/20/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident362610206    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 9 11
Current Violations 2 9 11
Initial Penalty $24,750 $0 $0 $2,805 $0 $27,555
Current Penalty $7,200 $0 $0 $1,500 $0 $8,700
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B02 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $250 $375 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 342 A 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $250 $375 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 461 A 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $250 $375 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 23400016 A 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $125 $280 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 25300104 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $125 $280 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Other 3272 B 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $125 $280 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007 Other 3382 A 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $125 $280 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 01008 Other 3384 A 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $125 $280 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 01009 Other 5194 F04 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $125 $280 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  10. 02001 Serious 4185 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $4,500 $18,000 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement
  11. 03001 Serious 4002 A 09/14/2000 10/01/2000 $2,700 $6,750 $0 10/27/2000 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201053816Event: 06/22/2000Employee'S Fingertip Amputated In Drill Press Machine
At approximately 7:45 a.m. on June 22, 2000, Employee #1, a woodcutter with Big Tree Furniture, was using a Pacco drill press to drill furniture parts. The machine consisted of two electric horizontal drills and a pneumatic press that held the parts in position. During a routine drilling operation, a worker would place wood parts on the drill press and push the foot control to activate the pneumatic press. It would descend to hold the parts in place, and the horizontal drills would move forward to drill them. At the time of the accident, pallets of finished and unfinished wood parts were piled near Employee #1's work station, creating a narrow gap between them. A coworker who had just finished cleaning the restroom was moving along the corridor, and Employee #1 leaned forward to allow room for him to pass. This movement caused Employee #1 to accidentally step on the foot control. The pneumatic press descended, crushing the tip of his left index finger against the wood parts. Employee #1 was transported by paramedics to Lewis Medical Center, where the tip of his finger was surgically amputated. Causal factors in this accident included that the pathway between the drilling station and the pallet of wood parts was too narrow. The fact that coworkers were required to pass through the corridor to reach the men's restroom increased the probability that the press operator might accidentally step on the foot control. In the case of this accident, the safety cover on the foot control was also missing. The press component of the drill press was also unguarded. The employer was cited for a violations of T8CCR 4002(a), for moving parts of machinery or equipment, and of T8CCR 4185, for foot-operated devices.
Keywords: clearance, amputated, drill operator, finger, work rules, foot control, caught between, drill press, foot-powered press, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126075449 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Laborers, except construction

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