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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 123417479 Citation: 01003 Issuance: 06/03/1993 ReportingID: 0627400

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:06/09/1993 X Nr Exposed:4 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $5,000.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: Gravity:10 Haz Category:ELECTRIC

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 06/03/1993 $5,000.00 06/09/1993 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 06/21/1993 06/09/1993 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 003 Hazard: ELECTRIC

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: Employees required to work at the wellhead (T.H.S.U. #281, 20 miles S. E. of Midland, Texas) and thereby exposed to potential releases of hydrocarbon gases/vapors and the hazards related to resulting fires/explosions (as did occur on March 8, 1993), were not adequately protected by ensuring precautions were taken to prevent ignition of these releases by eliminating or controlling sources of ignition. Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable method to abate these conditions would be to ensure that all fires, electrical equipment, internal combustion equipment and the like were shut down/located one hundred feet upwind from the wellhead.

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