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Inspection Detail

Case Status: CLOSED
Inspection: 421183.015 - Diamond Surface Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Wichita

Nr: 421183.015Report ID: 0729700Open Date: 05/08/2012

Diamond Surface Inc.
I-235 @ 12.2 Mile Marker
Wichita, KS 67202
Union Status: NonUnion
NAICS: 237310/ Highway, Street, and Bridge Construction
Mailing: 21025 Commerce Blvdsuite 900, Rogers, MN 55374

Inspection Type:Referral
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/09/2012
Emphasis: N:Amputate, L:AmputateClose Case:07/03/2013

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
 Referral338881 Yes  
Case Status: CLOSED

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $4,900 $0 $0 $0 $0 $4,900
Current Penalty $3,920 $0 $0 $0 $0 $3,920
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19260300 B03 09/24/2012 10/23/2012 $3,920 $4,900 $0 I - Informal Settlement

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 28555.015Event: 05/07/2012Highway Worker'S Hand Is Caught In Mortar Mixer And Amputate
At 2:00 a.m. on May 7, 2012, an employee was working for a company that was patching holes in the concrete surface of the I-235 Interstate in Wichita, Kansas. Employee #1 was operating a mortar mixer. The wheels had been removed from the mortar mixer noted, and it had been modified so that it could be rigidly mounted on the front of a skid-steer-type piece of construction equipment - a Bobcat in this instance. The mortar mixer would be carried by the Bobcat from a portable dry-mix truck to the location where the concrete would be dumped. The grating (guard) that had been installed at the factory had at some time in the past been removed from the mixer. The mixer was being operated without the guard. Employee #1 without being told to do so, habitually cleaned around the edges of the upper part of the mixing tub with a trowel. In this instance he dropped his trowel into the mixing tub. He reached down the outside of the machine and disengaged the spring loaded clutch or belt mechanism to disengage the power to the mixer. He then reached into the tub to get the trowel. Apparently his arms were not long enough to do both things simultaneously. His hand and wrist were caught by the paddles of the mixer. His hand was amputated.
Keywords: caught in, construction, hand, highway, mixer blade, inadequate maint, machine guarding, lockout/tagout, concrete mixer, road paving, amputated, concrete
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 421183.015 Hospitalized injury Cut/Laceration Truck drivers, light

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