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Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 463198.015 Citation: 01007 Issuance: 11/13/2012 ReportingID: 0728900

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:12/17/2012 2 Nr Exposed:5 Final Order:12/10/2012
Initial Penalty: $7,000.00 REC: Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $7,000.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 11/13/2012 $7,000.00 12/17/2012 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 12/10/2012 $7,000.00 12/17/2012 Serious  
Penalty P: Petition to Mod Abatement $7,000.00 12/17/2012 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 007 Hazard:

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 employees are exposed to explosion hazards associated with failing to identify and remove potential sources of ignition in a grain milling facility. On or about July 21, 2012, an undetermined burning odor was detected by milling personnel. A search for the source of the odor was conducted for some time without shutting down equipment, at which point an explosion occurred in one of the filtration units. AMONG OTHER METHODS, ONE FEASIBLE AND ACCEPTABLE ABATEMENT METHOD TO CORRECT THIS HAZARD IS: (a) Develop and implement written procedures that discuss the identification of unknown heat sources or potential heat sources (ignition sources) and what actions to take if they cant be identified. This should include methods for shutting down the milling operations until the source can be determined and mitigated. (b) Develop and implement a disciplinary action program and procedures to ensure that employees follow the procedure in a time sensitive fashion. Abatement certification and abatement documentation is required for this violation. The documentation should include written verification of abatement, applicable measurements or monitoring results, and photographs or videos which you believe will be helpful. The abatement certification sheet is enclosed with the citations.

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