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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310489307 - Mgs Disposal Service

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Pico Rivera

Nr: 310489307Report ID: 0950642Open Date: 10/10/2007

Mgs Disposal Service
5926 Sheila Street
Commerce, CA 90040
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 4953/Refuse Systems
NAICS: 562920/Materials Recovery Facilities
Mailing: 901 Stewarton Way, Glendale, CA 91207

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:10/16/2007
Close Case:06/29/2009

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102471307    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 1 3
Current Violations 2 1 3
Initial Penalty $16,200 $0 $0 $600 $0 $16,800
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 3203 A 10/19/2007 11/21/2007 $0 $600 $0 12/26/2007 J - ALJ Decision
  2. 02001 Serious 3314 G 10/19/2007 10/29/2007 $0 $5,400 $0 12/26/2007 J - ALJ Decision
  3. 03001 Serious 3314 C 10/19/2007 10/29/2007 $0 $10,800 $0 12/26/2007 J - ALJ Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202453874Event: 10/10/2007Employee Is Trapped In Drag Conveyor Chain And Is Killed
At approximately 1:20 p.m. on October 10, 2007, an employee was performing a regularly assigned task of operating the drag conveyor on the trailer in the attempt to unload the trailer. The employee arrived at the location driving a semi tractor-trailer loaded with municipal solid waste to be unloaded and burned as fuel to produce electricity. He opened the trailer doors, positioned the semi tractor-trailer at door Number Two of the waste receiving building, and started the drag conveyor on the semi-trailer to unload the load of waste material. The witness observed the employee attempting to remove a piece of scrap woven plastic from the operating drag conveyor on the underside of the semi-trailer at about the semi-trailer landing legs. The witness looked away for a moment, he then heard the employee scream. The witness looked in the direction of the semi-trailer and observed the employee on the left side of the semi-trailer, between the trailer and the tractor deck plate with his arm entrapped in the drag conveyor. The witness ran approximately 25 feet to the location of the employee, turned off the drag conveyor, and supported the employee, yelled to a coworker to call for emergency medical services. A contractor at the location arrived at the incident scene with equipment to free the employee from the drag conveyor at the same time paramedics and firefighters arrived from Station 50 of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The paramedics attended to the employee, who had his right arm trapped between the drag conveyor and the trailer body, his head under the trailer frame being held tight by his trapped arm, and his left thumb was in his mouth having been bitten through by the employee. The paramedics instructed the contractor to use his oxy-fuel torch to cut the drag conveyor chains, and they used their hydraulic rescue jaws to complete the removal of the employee from the drag conveyor. The employee was transported to County USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Keywords: chain, drag chain conveyor, head, asphyxiated, caught between, tractor trailer, truck driver
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310489307 Fatality Asphyxia Truck drivers, heavy

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