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Inspection: 301330411 - L.A. Co. Mta

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 301330411Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 08/26/2003

L.A. Co. Mta
Hope St. & Rail Road Tracks/Gold Line
Los Angles, CA 90012
Union Status: Union
SIC: 4011/Railroads, Line-Haul Operating
NAICS: 482111/Line-Haul Railroads
Mailing: 1 Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/17/2003
Close Case:09/19/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,560 $0 $5,560
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $5,560 $0 $5,560
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 09/17/2003 10/09/2003 $5,000 $5,000 $0 -
  2. 01002 Other 3314 A 09/17/2003 10/09/2003 $560 $560 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201797156Event: 08/13/2003Pinch Point Causes Amputation Of Employee'S Finger
At approximately 8:10 p.m. on August 13, 2003, Employee #1 and several coworkers were adjusting the crossing arm for a railroad line. The crossing arm was going past horizontal and Employee #1 was attempting to adjust the down buffer. Employee #1 said he placed a pad lock between the gear and the buffer to reduce the spring pressure so he could more easily adjust the down buffer that positions the crossing arm horizontally across the road. Employee #1 said he had used this method on other older train signals in the past. This railroad line used slightly different components. This was the first time Employee #1 tried placing the lock on this new system. Employee #1 said he grasped the hasp with his right index finger and thumb and asked a coworker to push the down button for the crossing arm. This caused the pad lock to pivot and pinch Employee #1's right index finger between the hasp and the signal control case. Employee #1 said he had learned this method of placing the pad lock between the gear and the buffer from watching another employee. Employee #1 said that he did not think this method was widely used and his supervisor had never seen him use this method. Employee #1 said he had about four years of experience maintaining and repairing train signal systems. Employee #1 had received training from the company that installed the signal systems. Employee #1 sustained the amputation of approximately two-thirds of the nail on the right index finger. Employee #1 was treated for his injury but was not hospitalized.
Keywords: amputated, finger, railroad track
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301330411 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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