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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 307164764 - Kaiser Aluminum

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 307164764Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 05/04/2005

Kaiser Aluminum
6250 Bandini Bl
Commerce, CA 90040
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3354/Aluminum Extruded Products
NAICS: 331316/Aluminum Extruded Product Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/04/2005
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/02/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101057008    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $22,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $22,500
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 3203 A 08/04/2005 08/17/2005 $18,000 $22,500 $0 09/12/2005 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201059722Event: 04/21/2005Employee'S Foot Is Fractured By Falling Crowbar
At about 2:30 p.m. on April 21, 2005, Employee #1, a 48-year-old manager, was passing by the remelt area, when a coworker, a welder, called him and tried to ask for something. Employee #1 did not understand what the coworker was asking for, since the coworker did not speak English clearly and there was a lot of noise in the area. He thought that the coworker was asking him for help and Employee #1 took off. The coworker was going to stand on the side plate, which was set on two 4 by 4s on each side, at the end of the charge table. The coworker was going to weld it in place. The metal plate weighed approximately 1,200 lbs. The bottom side of the plate measured 16 ft 5 in. Its top side measured 12 ft 3 in. and was 2-ft wide, and 1-in. thick. Employee #1 grabbed a piece of a sheet metal bar measuring 4 ft long by 3 in. wide, and 1 in. thick. He used it as a crowbar to try to lift the plate, to accommodate another set of 4 by 4s. While lifting the plate, the piece of metal sheet that Employee #1 was using as a crowbar, slipped off and the plate came down. The crowbar pushed Employee #1 and knocked him down, falling on Employee #1, who was in a seating position with his left foot under the plate. Employee #1's left foot was slightly turned to the right. Therefore, when the plate came down on his foot, it was forced more to the right, causing a comminuted fracture of his tibia and fibula. Another worker, who was there with the forklift, went to help him. Employee #1 asked him to notify another supervisor, who then notified the Safety Manager. The Safety Manager drove Employee #1 to an industrial clinic Technimed, where he underwent a surgery and was hospitalized. The causal factor leading to the accident was the fact that Employee #1 was not trained how to lift safely and support the metal plate in a manner, which would prevent an inadvertent movement.
Keywords: fracture, tibia, welder, welding, metal sheet, falling object, foot
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 307164764 Hospitalized injury Fracture Personnel and labor relations managers

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