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Inspection: 312663040 - Cal Mix Concrete Co, Inc, Dba California Ready Mix

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Nr: 312663040Report ID: 0950636Open Date: 03/09/2010

Cal Mix Concrete Co, Inc, Dba California Ready Mix
13651 E Rosecrans Ave
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3273/Ready-Mixed Concrete
NAICS: 327320/Ready-Mix Concrete Manufacturing
Mailing: 9481 Villa Isle Dr, Villa Park, CA 92861

Inspection Type:Complaint
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:07/02/2010
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:12/13/2018

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint207204702 Yes Yes
 Accident101808129    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 2 2 4
Current Violations 1 3 4
Initial Penalty $21,600 $0 $0 $5,175 $0 $26,775
Current Penalty $10,800 $0 $0 $4,000 $0 $14,800
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 342 A 06/30/2010 08/10/2010 $4,000 $5,000 $0 08/04/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 461 A 06/30/2010 07/19/2010 $0 $175 $0 08/04/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 02001 Other 3203 A06 07/12/2010 07/19/2010 $0 $10,800 $0 08/04/2010 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 03001 Serious 3301 C 06/30/2010 07/19/2010 $10,800 $10,800 $0 08/04/2010 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202476388Event: 01/25/2010Employee Sustains Asphyxia While Piercing Cement
On January 25, 2010, Employee #1, a laborer, was directed by the employer to climb to the concrete batch plant steel structure, located at about 15 ft above ground level. Employee #1 was going to unbolt and remove a metal strip, covering an approximately 2-in high and 20-in. long opening, located just above the silo's discharge port. Upon initial removal of the metal strip, the face of a layer of caked powdered cement showed through the opening. The employer then directed Employee #1 to pierce through the caked cement layer, using the screwdriver, which he was holding in his hands. Despite Employee #1's refusal of the employer's directive as a potentially unsafe one, the employer insisted on Employee #1 doing what he was told. Upon piercing the caked cement, without the protection of a safety gear, Employee #1 was impacted by the sudden release of a powdered cement under pressure, which covered his body from his head to his toes. He inhaled and swallowed the powdered cement and otherwise received the full impact of the pressurized discharge. That led to his gasping for air and not seeing his way, as he attempted to leave the immediate surroundings. Employee #1 sustained a reactive airway disease due to inhalation of cement and a concussion. Employee #1 was hospitalized for seven days. The employer, who was standing at the catwalk a few feet below Employee #1's location, sustained a cement-induced eye irritation and was treated at an out-patient hospital clinic.
Keywords: asphyxiated, cement powder, inhalation, steel erection, bolt, concussion, metal strip, concrete, gear, silo
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 312663040 Hospitalized injury Asphyxia Laborers, except construction

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