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Inspection: 307180372 - Downey Pontiac Gmc-Buick

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Monrovia District Office

Nr: 307180372Report ID: 0950644Open Date: 03/01/2006

Downey Pontiac Gmc-Buick
7255 E Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 5511/Motor Vehicle Dealers (New and Used)
NAICS: 441110/New Car Dealers

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/28/2006
Close Case:11/21/2008

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 2 2
Initial Penalty $16,200 $0 $0 $365 $0 $16,565
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $810 $0 $810
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 07/28/2006 08/30/2006 $160 $365 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 02001 Other 3328 E 07/28/2006 08/11/2006 $650 $16,200 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202472544Event: 02/02/2006Employee Fractures Spine And Pelvis In Lift Failure
At approximately 11:40 a.m. on February 2, 2006, Employee #1 was working as an automotive technician at a new car dealership that also serviced cars. He had raised a truck weighing 9,000 pounds on a BendPak Model Number BP-12, 4-post hydraulic/mechanical lift with a capacity of 12,000 pounds. The lift had Serial Number 51124 and a manufacture date of January 29, 2003. Failing to ensure that the safety latches were engaged, Employee #1 went underneath the raised truck and began to inspect the rear of the truck. A chain located at the rear of the lift, which was part of the hydraulic ram that extends and contracts to raise and lower the lift, was broken. At this time, the rear of the lift, along with the truck, fell on Employee #1. He was transported by emergency medical services to St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, CA. He remained in the hospital for more than 24 hours, and he was treated for three fractured ribs, a collapsed right lung, a fractured left shoulder blade, and five fractured bones in his spine. The investigation revealed that the injured employee was not protected from the lift. The lift was not secured in a manner that would minimize hazards caused by breakage, release of mechanical energy, or loosening and falling.
Keywords: chain, fracture, hydraulic lift, automotive repair, inadequate maint, spine, work rules, overhead protection, pelvis, falling object
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 307180372 Hospitalized injury Fracture Automobile mechanics

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