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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 301333985 - Ronford Products

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 301333985Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 01/21/2005

Ronford Products
1116 E 2nd St
Pomona, CA 90723
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5093/Scrap and Waste Materials
NAICS: 423930/Recyclable Material Merchant Wholesalers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:02/16/2005
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/28/2006

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 2 6
Current Violations 3 2 5
Initial Penalty $31,270 $0 $0 $5,335 $0 $36,605
Current Penalty $15,885 $0 $0 $0 $0 $15,885
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
Deleted 1. 01001 Other 342 A 02/18/2005 03/18/2005 $0 $5,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 4650 D 02/18/2005 03/18/2005 $0 $335 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 02001 Serious 4838 A 02/18/2005 03/04/2005 $2,025 $3,035 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 03001 Other 3203 A 02/18/2005 03/04/2005 $0 $3,035 $0 08/22/2005 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 04001 Serious 3383 A 02/18/2005 03/04/2005 $1,260 $12,600 $0 08/22/2005 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 05001 Serious 3382 A 02/18/2005 03/04/2005 $12,600 $12,600 $0 08/22/2005 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201799145Event: 01/17/2005Employee Severely Burned While Cleaning Plastic Extruder
At approximately 9:35 a.m. on January 17, 2005, Employee #1 was fixing a plastic extruder machine, Welex Plastic Extruder, Model 650-24, Serial Number 251. It had been taken out of service due to a hydraulic problem that prevented the breaker plates from shifting and thus the extruder screens could not be cleaned. Because the extruder screens could not be cleaned the plastic material was left to solidify in the extruder barrel. Employee #1 was using personal protective equipment provided by the employer, safety glasses, gloves and a dust mask. He turned on the barrel heaters which heats the barrel to between 350 and 430 degrees Fahrenheit. He then began replacement of the hydraulic unit. Once the hydraulic unit was installed Employee #1 removed and cleaned the shifter plates. A slug of material had formed in the barrel between the screw and the breaker plates. The slug measured 13.5-in. long and 6-in. in diameter. He used a propane torch to heat the slug to loosen it since the internal heaters would not reach the area where the slug was. He then put some acrylic material in the extruder feed throat and started the screw. He wedged a pry bar between the side of the barrel and the material slug. The slug, hot vapors and burnt material spewed out of the barrel severely burning Employee #1. He was hospitalized with second-degree burns to his face, back, chest, hands and arms.
Keywords: burn, chest, maintenance, ppe, back, arm, face, hand
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 301333985 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Supervisors, extractive occupations

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