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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 314368515 Citation: 02002 Issuance: 11/04/2010 ReportingID: 0418300

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:11/26/2010
Abatement Date:11/17/2010 X Nr Exposed:2 Final Order:12/10/2012
Initial Penalty: $56,000.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $3,000.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:EXPLOSION

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 11/04/2010 $56,000.00 11/17/2010 Willful  
Penalty F: Formal Settlement 12/10/2012 $3,000.00 11/17/2010 Serious  

Text For Citation: 02 Item/Group: 002 Hazard: EXPLOSION

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish to each of his employees a place of employment which were free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees in that employees were exposed to flash fire and explosion hazard while processing ammonium perchlorate and n-Butanol slurry: a)On or about May 05, 2010 - AP Recovery Pilot Plant, Building 7352, Test Area 10, Redstone Arsenal, AL, employees were operating a decanter centrifuge as an attended operation to separate a slurry of ammonium perchlorate and n-Butanol, instead of being stationed remotely. Among other methods, one feasible and useful method to correct the hazard - The hazard could be abated by following the requirements in the US Army's Standing Operating Procedures for Energetic Processing Module (EPM) Prototype Ammonium Perchlorate Recovery dated March 02, 2009 (SOP RA-0000-P-WD- GM-064) which stated the centrifuge operations would be remote.

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