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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126084276 - Vest Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 126084276Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 12/07/2001

Vest Inc
6023 Alcoa Ave
Vernon, CA 90058
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3317/Steel Pipe and Tubes

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/09/2002
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:07/19/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 1 5
Current Violations 4 1 5
Initial Penalty $31,385 $0 $0 $1,060 $0 $32,445
Current Penalty $24,615 $0 $0 $175 $0 $24,790
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 23400023 04/09/2002 05/12/2002 $175 $1,060 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Serious 4845 B 04/09/2002 04/19/2002 $3,150 $3,825 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 03001 Serious 4075 A 04/09/2002 04/19/2002 $3,150 $3,825 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 04001 Serious 4070 A 04/09/2002 04/19/2002 $315 $5,735 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 05001 Serious 3203 A07 04/09/2002 04/19/2002 $18,000 $18,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201056132Event: 11/20/2001Employees Finger Amputated After Being Pinched By Tubing
At approximately 2:30 p.m. on November 20, 2001, Employee #1, a machine operator, age 25, employed by Today's Temps located at 4755 E. Slauson Ave., Suite #2, Maywood, CA 90270, sustained a crushing injury to his left hand which ultimately resulted in an partial amputation of his left index finger. The injury occurred at Vest Inc. located at 6023 Alcoa Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90058. Employee #1 was attempting to manually maneuver an oversized tubing from the conveyor system to a cutting machine nearby so exact size cannot be obtained. A fully loaded truck parked nearby got in the way so the tubing became stuck. Employee #1 was trying to unjam the tubing by pulling the tubing backward and in the process the tubing slid back and pinched his left index finger. A coworker, the witness, was approximately 30-ft away in clear view, when Employee #1 got injured. The tubing measured 7 in. by 7 in. square and 0.1875 in. in thickness. There were overhead cranes available at the work place but were only used when loading materials onto flatbed trucks, or if tubing needs to be relocated to another location. It was a common practice to adjust the tubing while being transported on the conveyor system to ensure they are flowing smoothly. It was unclear to the injured employee whether or not he could maneuver those tubing with sharp edges since he had never been told not to. The injured was taken to San Francis Medical Center for emergency treatment by paramedics. Surgery was later performed on Employee #1 to repair his wound. Employee #1 had only been an employee of Vest Inc. for about 14 days before the accident. The injured employee had never been trained since his hired date.
Keywords: amputated, finger, conveyor
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126084276 Hospitalized injury Amputation Miscellaneous machine operators, n.e.c.

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