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Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 1263661.015 Citation: 01002 Issuance: 12/01/2017 ReportingID: 0728900

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:02/14/2018 2 Nr Exposed:4 Final Order:12/18/2017
Initial Penalty: $12,675.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $8,872.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 12/01/2017 $12,675.00 12/28/2017 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 12/18/2017 $8,872.00 02/14/2018 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 002 Hazard:

OSH ACT of 1970 Section (5)(a)(1): 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 caught in hazards. The employer is failing to ensure employees are protected from caught in and crushing hazards in the work place. Employees were allowed to remove the drive pulley guard to clean compacted dirt from the conveyor belt and the 29 inch self-cleaning pulley. This most recently occurred at 3605 W. Watts Road, North Platte, Nebraska on or about September 12, 2017 when the employer had an employee clean out the 900 Series Self-Unloading Truck Bed of the "potato barge". The employer is failing to ensure that all moving parts on equipment are guarded during the cleaning. AMONG OTHER METHODS, ONE FEASIBLE AND ACCEPTABLE ABATEMENT METHOD TO CORRECT THIS HAZARD IS: i) Develop, implement, and enforce a cleaning procedure for the "potato barges" present in the facility. This policy should require complete energy isolation or guarding of all moving parts that create hazards while cleaning operations are accomplished. The procedure should utilize alternate methods of cleaning the barges such as, but not limited to the use pressurized air or water as agents to remove the dirt. ii) Develop a training program specific to the cleaning of the 900 Series Self-Unloading Truck Bed. This training should be based on, and include the items delineated in the User's manual, Page 6 - Safety Guidelines. Then ensure that all employees are trained on this program. The training must be documented, a system to ensure compliance with the procedures must be in place, and an active discipline policy for violators of the procedure must be developed and followed.

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