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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 310815485 - West Coast Iron Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Ca San Diego

Nr: 310815485Report ID: 0950632Open Date: 03/19/2008

West Coast Iron Inc
9302 Jamacha Rd
Spring Valley, CA 91977
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3441/Fabricated Structural Metal
NAICS: 332312/Fabricated Structural Metal Manufacturing

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:08/11/2008
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:09/16/2010

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident101070902    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 7 9
Current Violations 2 6 8
Initial Penalty $16,875 $0 $0 $1,085 $0 $17,960
Current Penalty $10,890 $0 $0 $200 $0 $11,090
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 B02 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $100 $275 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
Deleted 2. 01002 Other 3203 A 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $0 $135 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 23400016 B 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $0 $135 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 25000010 A 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $0 $135 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 3314 G01 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $100 $135 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Other 3314 H03 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $0 $135 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 01007 Other 3314 J01 08/12/2008 09/29/2008 $0 $135 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 02001 Serious 4184 A 08/12/2008 08/26/2008 $90 $2,475 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 03001 Serious 3314 C01 08/12/2008 08/26/2008 $10,800 $14,400 $0 08/25/2008 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 201072147Event: 02/22/2008Employee Is Injured When Leg Lacerated By Beam Punch
At 4:09 p.m. on February 22, 2008, Employee #1, a machine operator, was supervised by supervisor #1 and manager #1 and all three were full-time employees of West Coast Iron Inc. West Coast Iron Inc. punches holes in steel I-beams for the framing structure of industrial buildings in the San Diego County area. Large steel I-beams (55'long, 14 inches wide, weighing 22 pounds per foot, moving at a rate of 3-4 seconds per foot) move through a conveyor system to a punch machine that places holes (flange press) on the vertical and horizontal sides of the top and bottoms of the steel beams so during framing construction bolts and nuts can be inserted and the I-beams assembled like an erector set. A Beam Punch Line (BPL) O Peddinghaus, Model 1000-5C, SN BPL-115a, is a metal punch machine controlled by a Computer Numerical Controller (CNC) system. During the operation of the BPL, metal slugs (cut-outs from the I-beam when holes are made) are produced and sometime jam up the BPL and need to be cleared so production can be maintained. In front of the BPL is an inactivated Burn Unit where the I-beam rolls through via a coupler roller after the desired holes are punched in the I-beam. Employee #1 noticed metal slugs were getting in the way of the top flange press which could cause a jam, so he lifted the lift gate (this safety device was inoperable at the time of the accident) and walked between the Burn Unit and the BPL. Employee #1 positioned himself between the two machines (at the point of operation) and placed himself in the danger zone when he reached over to remove the metal slugs. The BPL is operated by a CNC that moved the I-beam and punched the next set of holes. When the I-beam moved forward down the conveyor it pinned Employee #1 on the roller section of the Burn Unit while positioned on his back. The bottom flange of the I-beam struck him in the inner left thigh of his leg as he tried to move out of the way up onto the coupler rollers of the Burn Unit. Employee #1 was hospitalized for several days at Mercy Hospital. Employee #1 sustained a severe and deep laceration to his upper left inner thigh as a result of his accident. While in the hospital Employee #1 had surgery on his left leg. At the time of Employee #1's interview, his physician wasn't expecting him to return to work to full duty.
Keywords: steel beam, machine operator, interlock, thigh, lockout, laceration, conveyor, punch press
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 310815485 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Numerical control machine operators

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