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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 122195928 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 06/06/1996 ReportingID: 0524500

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:6 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:09/05/1996 X Nr Exposed:20 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $2,000.00 REC: Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $2,000.00 Gravity:02 Haz Category:FALLING

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 06/06/1996 $2,000.00 09/05/1996 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 06/06/1996 $2,000.00 09/05/1996 Serious  

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

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 employees were exposed to: ...fall hazards when exiting the east end of the six baghouses of the CoGen1 plant, due to unequal floor elevations on both sides of the doors. The elevation on the exterior side of the doors was approximately nine inches below the interior side. Section 5-2.1.3.3 of the 1994 N.F.P.A. Life Safety Code (National Fire Protection Association #101) requires the elevation of the floor surfaces on both sides of a door to not vary by more than one-half inch. The elevation shall be maintained on both sides of the doorway for a distance at least equal to the width of the widest leaf. Feasible and acceptable methods of abatement include, but are not limited to, the following: 1.Construct a landing on the exterior side of each of the doors that is level with the walking surface inside the baghouses. This landing shall extend at least 36" out from the door. Disclaimers: a.The employer is not limited to the abatement methods suggested by OSHA; b.The methods explained are general and may not be effective in all cases; c.The employer is responsible for selecting and carrying out an appropriate abatement method.

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