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Inspection: 314826512 - Ag-Weld Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Ca Van Nuys

Nr: 314826512Report ID: 0950643Open Date: 09/07/2011

Ag-Weld Inc.
1236 G St.
Wasco, CA 93280
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3423/Hand and Edge Tools, Except Machine Tools and Handsaws
NAICS: 332212/Hand and Edge Tool Manufacturing
Mailing: 1236 G Street, Wasco, CA 93280

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Complete Advanced Notice:N
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:09/15/2011
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:03/03/2015

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Accident102638574    
 Accident102638582    

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 3 6 9
Current Violations 3 6 9
Initial Penalty $29,925 $0 $0 $940 $0 $30,865
Current Penalty $17,235 $0 $0 $315 $0 $17,550
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 02/22/2012 03/19/2012 $0 $110 $0 03/07/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  2. 01002 Other 25000010 A 02/22/2012 03/19/2012 $75 $110 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  3. 01003 Other 24730002 A 02/22/2012 03/19/2012 $0 $110 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  4. 01004 Other 6151 E02 02/22/2012 03/19/2012 $0 $110 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  5. 01005 Other 23400012 A 02/22/2012 03/19/2012 $165 $165 $0 F - Formal Settlement
  6. 01006 Other 3314 G02 02/22/2012 03/19/2012 $75 $335 $0 03/07/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  7. 02001 Serious 4070 A 02/22/2012 02/27/2012 $1,350 $6,300 $0 03/07/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  8. 03001 Serious 4185 02/22/2012 02/27/2012 $135 $7,875 $0 03/07/2012 F - Formal Settlement
  9. 04001 Serious 4206 A 02/22/2012 02/27/2012 $15,750 $15,750 $0 03/07/2012 F - Formal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 202470860Event: 08/25/2011Employee'S Fingers Are Amputated By Punch Press
At approximately 8:15 a.m. on August 25, 2011, Employee #1, a welder/fabricator with a company that manufactured custom agricultural equipment, was performing a regularly-assigned task of bending metal. He placed pieces of rectangular metal (5.5 in. wide, 3 in. long, and 0.375 in. thick) under a Bliss 60 ton punch press to be bent. Employee #1 used his left hand to place the metal pieces, one by one, on an elevated metal box with parallel tubes resting on the work surface. There was a 4 in. separation between the tubes. The metal piece would be bent downward between the two tubes. He would use his right hand remove each bent piece and toss it into a wooden bin. Employee #1 would use his right foot to depress a foot-operated treadle to initiate the downward stroke of the slide. This punch press had a full revolution clutch. Once activated, the press would not stop until the cycle was completed. Employee #1 placed his right hand under the downward slide of the upper die used to bend the piece and depressed the treadle at the same time. The upper metal die crushed his right hand. Employee #1 was hospitalized at Kern Medical Center for amputations of his right middle and index fingers. The investigation concluded that the employer did not have guards on the punch press or its foot-operated treadle.
Keywords: die, amputated, finger, foot control, welder, metal sheet, point of operation, punch press, press, unguarded
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 314826512 Non Hospitalized injury Amputation Welders and cutters

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