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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 300859501 - Tamco Steel

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Bernardino

Nr: 300859501Report ID: 0950633Open Date: 09/12/2002

Tamco Steel
12459-B Arrow Rte Hwy
00859816ucamonga, CA 91739
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3312/Steel Works, Blast Furnaces (Including Coke Ovens), and Rolling Mills
Mailing: 12459-B Arrow Rte Hwy, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/11/2003
Close Case:03/18/2004

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $0 $0 $18,000
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 3210 A 02/11/2003 02/14/2003 $18,000 $18,000 $0 03/20/2003 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201156445Event: 09/12/2002Employee Is Injured In Fall From Top Of Hopper Car
At approximately 1:45 a.m. on September 12, 2002, Employee #1, a mechanic for Tamco Steel, Inc., was on top of a hopper railcar, checking the level of zinc dust in the car. This zinc dust was the residue of hazardous waste generated from the electric arc furnace. The company collected this fine dust in a baghouse and transported it in railcars to out-of-State zinc recyclers. Employee #1 was moving on top of the railcar when he stumbled and fell 14 ft over the side onto the concrete surface. He suffered a compound fracture of his right femur, a fractured left patella, a fractured right wrist, and a fracture to his left eye socket. Coworkers came to his aid, and paramedics transported him to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA, where he was hospitalized for four days.
Keywords: hopper car, fracture, dust, work rules, railroad car, tripped, fall, slippery surface, work surface, leg
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 300859501 Hospitalized injury Fracture Helpers, mechanics and repairers

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