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Inspection: 313647646 - Prime Wheel Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Long Beach District Office

Nr: 313647646Report ID: 0950635Open Date: 03/13/2013

Prime Wheel Corporation
23920 S Vermont Avenue
Harbor City, CA 90710
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3471/Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring
NAICS: 332813/ Electroplating, Plating, Polishing, Anodizing, and Coloring
Mailing: 17705 South Main Street, Gardena, CA 90248

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/10/2013
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Complaint208790154 Yes  
 Accident101036572    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 1 3 7
Current Violations 3 1 3 7
Initial Penalty $49,750 $70,000 $0 $555 $0 $120,305
Current Penalty $49,750 $70,000 $0 $555 $0 $120,305
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Other 3314 G02 A 09/10/2013 09/27/2013 $185 $185 $0 09/24/2013 -
  2. 01002 Other 25000010 A 09/10/2013 09/13/2013 $185 $185 $0 09/24/2013 -
  3. 01003 Other 23400012 A 09/10/2013 10/11/2013 $185 $185 $0 09/24/2013 -
  4. 02001 Serious 3314 D 09/10/2013 09/13/2013 $18,000 $18,000 $0 09/24/2013 -
  5. 03001 Serious 3314 C 09/10/2013 09/13/2013 $6,750 $6,750 $0 09/24/2013 -
  6. 04001 Serious 3328 B 09/10/2013 09/13/2013 $25,000 $25,000 $0 09/24/2013 -
  7. 05001 Willful 4002 A 09/10/2013 09/13/2013 $70,000 $70,000 $0 09/24/2013 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202531646Event: 03/13/2013Employee Is Caught Between Hoist And Tank, Later Dies
At about 8:30 a.m. on March 13, 2013, Employee #1, with Prime Wheel Corporation, was wearing a long glove and was reaching into one of the plating tanks to feel for flow next to a filter intake that had been recently serviced. The process involved two lines of dip tanks. The baths included varying compounds of copper, chrome, acids, bases and other rinse baths. The two rows of dip tanks were serviced by overhead hoists with hangers, three on one side, four on the other. The process was computer controlled. Employee #1 was a member of the third shift. The second shift had completed a replacement of seals on a pump, a common practice job, and it was left for third shift to change and test the filter for the pump, which was also a common task. Employee #1 was feeling for flow when one of the automated hoists ran into him and pinned him against the tank. Employee 1# was trapped for several minutes as other coworkers tried to free him. Employee #1 was transported to the hospital but died around 9:30 a.m. The hoists were equipped with flashing light, horn and had interlocked shut-off safety bars on them. Most of these safety features were either disconnected, defeated, corroded or otherwise non-functional. On the hoist, represented to be the one involved in the accident, it was observed that the interlock switch was not engaged against the safety bar surface, rendering it inoperable, and there was no warning horn and no flashing light. The hoist appeared to have been manufactured by an Auto Technology Company in Strongsville, Ohio. It was determined that although Employee #1 had been hired originally via a temporary agency, at the time of the accident, Employee #1 had been hired as a full time employee of the employer. It was determined that the employer did provide personal protective equipment including safety glasses, gloves, steel toe boots and hardhats, but it could not be discerned from witness interviews whether the Employee #1 had been wearing this same equipment at the time of the accident. An Order Prohibiting Use (OPU)was hung on the plating line until repairs to the lights, horns and safety bars could be affected. The OPU was removed after all hoists had been restored with their safety features.
Keywords: horn, ppe, pinned, interlock, hoist, caught between, disconnecting means, tank
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 313647646 Fatality Other Not specified mechanics and repairers

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