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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 302538681 - Laars

Inspection Information - Office: Concord

Nr: 302538681Report ID: 0111700Open Date: 05/24/2000

20 Industrial Way
Rochester, NH 03867
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3433/Heating Equipment, Except Electric and Warm Air Furnaces

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:06/21/2000
Close Case:08/04/2000

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral200614410 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1 2
Initial Penalty $4,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,500
Current Penalty $2,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $2,500
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100212 A01 06/28/2000 08/02/2000 $2,500 $4,500 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 19100145 F03 06/28/2000 07/05/2000 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200610566Event: 05/24/2000Employee Injured When Rotating Shaft Entangles Hair
Employee #1 was working with copper piping and a finning machine, which is a device that spins a length of pipe and applies pressure to the pipe with three heads. Due to the rotational speed and pressure, copper from the pipe walls extrudes outward, creating "fins" on the pipe similar to those found on baseboard (forced hot water) heat systems. Employee #1 had walked up to a pipe, pulled it forward about 3 ft, and then fed it into the hole in the side of the finning machine. The pipe quickly reached a rotational speed of 200 to 220 rpm and then started to self-feed through the unit. Employee #1 was either next to or had ducked under the rotating pipe when his ponytail of waist-length hair became entangled in the spinning shaft. (He had long hair--nearly waist length--but had tied it into a ponytail.) His scalp was torn off, along with his ear and a large amount of skin from the right side of his face. He also suffered fractures of several vertebrae in his neck, leading to spinal damage with paralysis. During nearly a month of hospitalization, he had also suffered from severe infections and from cardiac infarcts as a result of the infections.
Keywords: clearance, paralysis, hair, rotating shaft, scalp, work rules, caught by, entangled, vertebra, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 302538681 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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