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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 308566660 - Caterpillar Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Peoria

Nr: 308566660Report ID: 0524500Open Date: 05/02/2005

Caterpillar Inc.
100 Tractor Dr. Bldg. Bb
East Peoria, IL 61630
Union Status: Union
SIC: 3321/Gray and Ductile Iron Foundries
NAICS: 331511/Iron Foundries

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/17/2005
Close Case:06/14/2005

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint204989024 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $0 $0 $0 $2,125 $0 $2,125
Current Penalty $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 19100242 B 05/23/2005 05/26/2005 $0 $2,125 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200271393Event: 04/23/2005Employee Injured By Compressed Air
A worker was cleaning a mold in a grey iron foundry by rubbing the mold with the left hand and holding a 26-in.-long blow gun in his right hand. Employee #1 came down a 3-ft fixed ladder from a melt deck. The two employees had their backs to each other and were approximately 2 ft. apart. When employee #1 descended the ladder the employee made contact with the air wand, the blowgun was pressed between Employee #1's leg and coworker's lower back. The coworker then pulled the wand away from Employee #1 with a quick motion and air was discharged at 90 psi. The wand was not equipped with a pressure-reducing device. Employee #1's abdomen was pressurized and the he was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Exploratory surgery was performed to check for and to repair internal injury.
Keywords: chest, air pressure, embolism, cleaning, compressed air, air hose, struck by
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 308566660 Hospitalized injury Other Occupation not reported

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