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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

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Violation Items

Nr: 112531215 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 12/09/2005 ReportingID: 0522500

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:01/05/2006
Abatement Date:01/11/2006 Nr Exposed:40 Final Order:03/05/2007
Initial Penalty: $2,125.00 REC: Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $2,125.00 Gravity:03 Haz Category:BURNS

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 12/09/2005 $2,125.00 01/11/2006 Serious  
Penalty F: Formal Settlement 03/05/2007 $2,125.00 01/11/2006 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard: BURNS

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that condition assessments, nondestructive examinations, and tube replacements/repairs were not conducted on boiler tubes to minimize the frequency of tube failures and employee exposure to the hazards of steam: a.On or about July 26, 2005, at the First Energy Corp., R.E. Burger Plant site where unit 3, boiler 5 was being operated with 1 ID (induced draft) fan and 2 FD (forced draft) fans, boiler tube #41 ruptured and washed out tube #40 in the furnace rear wall of the waterwall creating an excessive furnace pressure and releasing steam and/or hot gasses into work areas of the plant, thereby causing three contracted employees to receive severe burns. Among other methods, feasible and acceptable abatement methods to correct this hazard include, but are not limited to, the following: 1.Develop a maintenance and equipment inspection program as referenced in Section 4 of NFPA 85, Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code. 2.Conduct a condition assessment and review of historical maintenance records of boiler components and auxiliaries including all boiler tubing such as the steam-carrying tubes, water- carrying tubes, and risers in accordance with Babcock & Wilcox, STEAM its generation and use, 40th EDITION, copyright 1992. 3.Perform nondestructive and/or destructive examinations of boiler tubing to determine the extent of erosion, corrosion, and any other damage in accordance with Babcock & Wilcox, STEAM its generation and use, 40th EDITION, copyright 1992. Examples of nondestructive examinations include, but are not limited to, ultrasonic testing, eddy current, and electromagnetic acoustic transducer. 4.Based on condition assessments and examinations, develop a comprehensive maintenance program and schedule outages for conducting preventative maintenance, testing, and replacement/repair of boiler tubes to minimize tube and other component failure in accordance with Babcock & Wilcox, STEAM its generation and use, 40th EDITION, copyright 1992. 5.Coordinate with EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute) and utilize their "Boiler Life and Availability Improvement Program" to develop tools and techniques to conduct inspections, evaluations, and testing based on the boiler's history and type of tube failures. 6.Conduct an extended life study/health study and schedule outages on unit 3 as performed on units 4 and 5 at First Energy Corp., R.E. Burger Plant.

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