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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 307167007 - Pacific Die Casting Corp

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 307167007Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 11/04/2005

Pacific Die Casting Corp
6155 S Eastern Ave
Commerce, CA 90040
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3363/Aluminum Die-Castings
NAICS: 331521/Aluminum Die-Casting Foundries

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/28/2005
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:01/13/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101058824    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 4 5 9
Current Violations 4 5 9
Initial Penalty $18,675 $0 $0 $5,555 $0 $24,230
Current Penalty $6,750 $0 $0 $5,225 $0 $11,975
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A 12/29/2005 02/02/2006 $75 $110 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 342 A 12/29/2005 01/03/2006 $5,000 $5,000 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 5021 A 12/29/2005 02/02/2006 $150 $225 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 3577 E 12/29/2005 02/02/2006 $0 $110 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 3314 G 12/29/2005 02/02/2006 $0 $110 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 02001 Serious 4186 B 12/29/2005 01/19/2006 $2,700 $12,600 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 03001 Serious 23400023 12/29/2005 01/19/2006 $1,350 $2,025 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 04001 Serious 3578 G 12/29/2005 01/19/2006 $1,350 $2,025 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 05001 Serious 3210 A 12/29/2005 01/19/2006 $1,350 $2,025 $0 01/19/2006 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202451670Event: 11/01/2005Employee Amputates Fingers In Die-Casting Machine
On November 1, 2005, Employee #1 was operating a Lester Company cold-chamber die casting machine, Serial Number 1013, during production. He had been employed with the company for about one month and did not have previous experience working around die casting machinery. The machine is operated by a worker pouring molten aluminum into a shot sleeve that would be injected in a die. The die halves were normally guarded by a sliding barrier gate that was interlocked into the machine's operation by a switch. The machine's piston was exhibiting problems that included binding and sticking, requiring Employee #1 to hold the machine's interlock switch open with the right hand, while manipulating the die, its product, and a pair of tongs with his left hand. As Employee #1 was pouring the molten aluminum into the machine, the die closed and caught three of his fingers on his left hand. He was not bale to move his hand out of the way of the closing die, resulting in the amputation of his fingers. Employee #1 was hospitalized and treated for his injury. An accident investigation was performed, requiring the work location to be examined. I was determined that the employer was in violation of several general and serious violations to include: not having an injury and illness prevention program in place; failing to report the injury to Cal/OSHA within the required eight hours; overhead cranes in use were not certified; no rest guards were present on the bench grinder; an inadequate hazardous energy control program; the guard on the die casting machine was improperly adjusted; the tongue guards on the bench grinder were inadequately adjusted; there were missing and inadequate guardrails in elevated work areas; and arc welding equipment was not effectively grounded.
Keywords: amputated, finger, guard, molding machine, equipment operator, equipment failure, caught between, inexperience, casting die
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 307167007 Hospitalized injury Amputation Molding and casting machine operators

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