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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 312363062 - University Of California, Berkeley

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Oakland

Nr: 312363062Report ID: 0950614Open Date: 02/17/2011

University Of California, Berkeley
277 Wurster Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720
Union Status: Union
SIC: 8221/Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
NAICS: 611310/ Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
Mailing: 317 University Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:StateGovt
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:04/26/2011
Close Case:07/11/2011

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident361577323    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 5 7
Current Violations 1 6 7
Initial Penalty $24,750 $0 $0 $3,505 $0 $28,255
Current Penalty $18,000 $0 $0 $1,610 $0 $19,610
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3203 A04 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $450 $700 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 3203 A07 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $560 $935 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 3314 E 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $0 $560 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 3314 G 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $0 $750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 3314 H 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $0 $560 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  6. 02001 Other 3314 J01 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $600 $6,750 $0 I - Informal Settlement
  7. 03001 Serious 3314 C 04/29/2011 05/04/2011 $18,000 $18,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202586657Event: 02/01/2011Worker Cuts Fingers On Planer Saw
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on February 1, 2011, Employee #1, a 26-year-old technician with University of California, Berkeley, was working in the Fabrication Shop along with a student aide and another coworker. A student was having a difficult time feeding a board into a planer machine. The board was getting stuck repeatedly and would not go through. Employee #1 proceeded to turn the machine "off" to determine the problem and a coworker unplugged the machine. Employee #1 and the coworker waited approximately five-minutes. Then, Employee #1 attempted to see if the cutters would rotate and if it was free. Both Employee #1 and the coworker believed the machine had stopped moving although it was too loud in the work area to hear any parts were still moving. Employee #1 placed his hand inside, but the machine blade was still moving. Employee #1 suffered a serious injury including loss of .5 to .75 inch of his middle and ring fingers, including bone loss and the complete loss of both fingernails. The planer machine involved in the accident was an Oliver Machinery Co. Model number 299 Surfacer, serial number 206720. The machine was in good working order at the time of the incident, had all required guarding/shielding in place, and had no known mechanical problems. The Oliver planer used a direct-drive motor to run the blade at 3,600 RPM. The direct-drive system resulted in a long spin down time, upwards of five minutes. The planer also had a "Stop All" handle on the left side of the machine that would stop the blade movement immediately when activated. On the day of the incident, the fabrication shop had a number of students waiting to use the Oliver planer machine. Employee #1 was not provided any safety training when he started his new job. He was not given any training on the specific features of the Oliver machine, including the long spin-down time or the presence of the "Stop All" blade brake. Employee #1 was not provided any training on how to lockout/tagout the Oliver planer or any other machine in the shop. The employer did not have a written lockout/tagout program or implement a lockout/tagout program.
Keywords: amputated, finger, lockout, inexperience, untrained
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312363062 Hospitalized injury Amputation Occupation not reported

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