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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300763349 - Hugo Neu Proler

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 300763349Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 03/15/2002

Hugo Neu Proler
901 New Dock St
Terminal Island, CA 90731
Union Status: Union
SIC: 5093/Scrap and Waste Materials
Mailing: P.O. Box 3100, Terminal Island, CA 90731

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/14/2002
Close Case:09/13/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint77879344 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 3 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $22,500 $0 $0 $1,075 $0 $23,575
Current Penalty $8,435 $0 $0 $790 $0 $9,225
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3210 B 05/28/2002 03/26/2008 $420 $420 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314 F 05/28/2002 03/26/2008 $185 $280 $0 07/01/2002 L - State Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 3314 H 05/28/2002 03/26/2008 $185 $375 $0 07/01/2002 L - State Settlement
  4. 02001 Serious 3314 A 05/28/2002 05/31/2002 $8,435 $22,500 $0 07/01/2002 L - State Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201034121Event: 03/15/2002Employee Killed After Being Crushed By Hydraulic Door
At approximately 8:40 p.m. on March 15, 2002, Employee #1, a welder working for a scrap metal recycling company, was crushed when a hydraulically actuated door slammed shut, pinning him. The door was part of the company's auto shredder, a machine resembling a mill that shreds scrap automobiles into small pieces of scrap. Employee #1 had been in the process of cutting out a piece of material which had wedged the door in the open position. The employee was using a ladder to climb up onto the door which lay roughly in a horizontal plane. A supervisor was holding a portable light for him. Once the wedged material had been cut free, the door slammed shut, crushing Employee #1 and throwing the coworker into the mill's rotor. The rotor had been properly locked out and stopped. During the unjamming procedure, the hydraulic pump had not been deenergized or disengaged, the pressure had not been bled off the hydraulic system, nor had the hydraulically actuated door been mechanically blocked to prevent inadvertent movement. The supervisor stated that he told Employee #1 to lock out the hydraulic pump when he told him to get the cutting torch. Employee #1 was killed; the supervisor sustained minor injuries, and another coworker, a laborer, who was struck by the supervisor, sustained minor back injuries. (The supervisor and coworker were not listed on injury lines on the original form.) Employee #1 had worked for the company 22 years.
Keywords: work rules, welder, lockout, torch, crushed, scrap metal, door, hydraulic pump
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300763349 Fatality Other Welders and cutters

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