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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300098696 - Little Rhody Machine Repair Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Providence

Nr: 300098696Report ID: 0112300Open Date: 10/15/1998

Little Rhody Machine Repair Inc
19 Park Hill Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 1731/Electrical Work
Mailing: 618 Washington Street, Coventry, RI 02816

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/20/1998
Close Case:12/17/1998

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
Current Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001A Serious 19100147 C04 II 11/24/1998 12/30/1998 $1,500 $1,500 $0 -
  2. 01001B Serious 19100147 C06 II 11/24/1998 12/30/1998 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200090157Event: 10/15/1998Employee Killed When Crushed By Falling Dryer
Employee #1 was cleaning underneath a large industrial dryer that had been raised using air pressure and four air cylinders Four floor jacks had then been placed under the machine in case the air cylinders failed. While Employee #1 was cleaning, a coworker was replacing an air valve, so the air was shut off. Usually once the cleaning is done, the floor jacks are removed and the machine is lowered using the air cylinders. Employee #1 apparently forgot that the air had been shut off and he began using a hammer to bang out the floor jacks. When the jacks at the back of the dryer had been removed, the unit dropped because there was no air pressure holding it up. Employee #1 was crushed and killed.
Keywords: air pressure, hoisting mechanism, unsecured, cleaning, construction, caught between, crushed, falling object, jack, inattention
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300098696 Fatality Other Occupation not reported

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