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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 126794320 - America West Airlines

Inspection Information - Office: Utah

Nr: 126794320Report ID: 0854910Open Date: 10/14/1998

America West Airlines
Terminal 1 Slc International Airport
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4512/Air Transportation, Scheduled
Mailing: 4000 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85034

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/14/1998
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:10/14/1999

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $450
Current Penalty $450 $0 $0 $0 $0 $450
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 50002 I02 11/03/1998 11/09/1998 $450 $450 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 50002 I03 11/03/1998 11/09/1998 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01001C Serious 50002 I05 11/03/1998 11/09/1998 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 171057060Event: 10/10/1998Employee'S Legs Injured Between Conveyor Sections
Employee #1 was standing on a conveyor belt at an approximately 30 degree angle, attempting to reposition a control switch to "automatic" on a three-position switch (automatic, off, and manual). He moved the switch to the wrong setting, mistakenly activating the conveyor. His legs were forced between two of its sections, which were 2 in. apart, and he sustained severe pinching and compression of both legs up to the knees, resulting in a fractured left ankle and severe swelling of both legs. Employee #1 also sustained an approximately 4 in. wide friction burn on the inside of his left knee and an approximately 3 in. wide friction burn on the outside of his right knee. Employee #1 could not see the position of the switch from where he standing on the conveyor belt.
Keywords: fracture, maintenance, work rules, belt conveyor, control lever, caught between, conveyor belt, contusion, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 126794320 Hospitalized injury Bruise/Contus/Abras Occupation not reported

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