EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
APPEALS BOARD

Summary of Sav-On Drug Stores - DAR

Employer was cited under section 4353(h) because its vertical compactor did not have an interlock that would prevent the ram from operating while a 20" high loading door was open or stop the ram if the door opened during the compacting cycle. Employer had an "autogate" system. When the ram was activated, the loading door started to descend [close] fast. When the door was part way down, but before the loading opening was completely covered, the ram started down at a slower speed. The Board upheld the violation. The automatic gate permits the ram to descend while the loading door is still open a few inches. It does not comply with section 4353(h).

SAV-ON DRUG STORES 98-038
April 27, 2001

SAV-ON DRUG STORES 98-038 ERRATA

May 17, 2001