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Inspection: 126185784 - Art Mold, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 126185784Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 03/21/2006

Art Mold, Inc.
11872 Sheldon St.
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3363/Aluminum Die-Castings
NAICS: 331521/Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries
Mailing: 3837 Westfall Dr., Encino, CA 91436

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/20/2006
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/12/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $390 $0 $390
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $390 $0 $390
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 5194 H01 07/20/2006 07/25/2006 $165 $165 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 14300029 A 07/20/2006 07/25/2006 $225 $225 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202463097Event: 01/24/2006Machine Interlock Fails And Worker Is Burned
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on January 24, 2006, Employees #1 and #2 were working at a die casting machine Number 8, a 450-ton Harbille machine. Employee #1 was working as a helper for Employee #2, who was operating the controls of the machine. They were making cast parts to be used for ladder hinges. The machine had two sliding gate guards, one on each side, to protect employees from contact with the die or from splashing molten material. The sliding gate guards were interlocked with the die. According to Employee #1, he left his sliding gate guard open to listen to what another employee was saying. The operator of the machine, Employee #2, closed his door and pressed the button to close the die. Molten metal from the die shot sideways and burned the employee. The interlock controlling the sliding gate guard failed and did not prevent the die from closing. There was no warning of machine malfunction before the accident. Employee #1 received burns on his left upper shoulder, left elbow, and on the side of his left torso. He was hospitalized for treatment.
Keywords: burn, guard, interlock, torso, equipment failure, die guard, point of operation, struck by, elbow, die casting machine
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126185784 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Molding and casting machine operators

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