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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Inspection Detail

Inspection: 316018787 - Eaton Corporation

Inspection Information - Office: Omaha

Nr: 316018787Report ID: 0728900Open Date: 12/08/2011

Eaton Corporation
4200 Hwy 30 East
Kearney, NE 68847
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 3465/Automotive Stampings
NAICS: 336370/Motor Vehicle Metal Stamping

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:12/14/2011
Planning Guide: Safety-Manufacturing Close Case:02/19/2014

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral202945283 Yes  

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1 2
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $7,000 $0 $0 $1,000 $0 $8,000
Current Penalty $5,950 $0 $0 $0 $0 $5,950
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100212 A01 02/28/2012 11/30/2013 $5,950 $7,000 $0 P - Petition to Mod Abatement
Deleted 2. 02001 Other 19040029 B01 02/28/2012 04/03/2012 $0 $1,000 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200054146Event: 12/07/2011Employee Dies After Being Caught Between Equipment
On December 7, 2011, Employee #1 was at an automobile engine valve plant feeding heated bar stock steel into a Bliss 150 mechanical power press (K-400) equipped with a shear die. She was preheating the stock with a Tocco Unit Number K227 to a temperature of approximately 400 to 420 degrees Fahrenheit to facilitate the cutting process. The investigation determined that Employee #1 had bent over in the space between the press and the bar stock feeder to pick up a bolt, metal shim and washer that had fallen off a recently-installed interlock system on the press. Employee #1 was found unresponsive by a coworker, pinned between the bar stock feeder and the press, with heated bar stock penetrating into her right upper back just below the shoulder blade. The coworker extricated Employee #1, who was not breathing. The coworker summoned assistance while a second coworker administered CPR. Buffalo County Sheriff Deputies were the first on scene and they took over CPR, followed by EMTs from the Good Samaritan Hospital. Employee #1 was resuscitated and transported to Good Samaritan Hospital with third-degree burns to her back, internal organ failure, and fractured ribs. She died on December 23, 2011.
Keywords: burn, metal bar, cpr, power press, interlock, equipment failure, back, press operator, press, puncture
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 316018787 Fatality Concussion Pressing machine operators

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