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Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

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Violation Items

Nr: 1413010.015 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 12/20/2019 ReportingID: 0729700

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date: 3 Nr Exposed:1 Final Order:01/21/2020
Initial Penalty: $13,260.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $13,260.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 12/20/2019 $13,260.00   Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 01/21/2020 $13,260.00   Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 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 struck by hazards caused by the movement of the well pumping unit: The employer is failing to protect employees from struck-by hazards while performing pump unit maintenance activities. This was most recently documented on or about July 3, 2019 at the Hatcher D-1 Well site of Merit Energy Company, located at Road 11 and Road L in Liberal, Kansas. The employer failed to ensure employees were utilizing lockout/tagout and de-energizing the Lufkin pumping unit: Model #LP-228D-173-64, Serial #E134358H 542264 while performing maintenance exposing them to struck-by hazards. Among other methods, feasible and acceptable methods is to lockout the unit prior to replacing the packing/stuffing box or tightening the bolts. American Petroleum Institute Recommended Practice 54 (API/RP 54), Recommended Practice for Occupational Safety for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations March 2007 edition states in Section 6.9.1(a) "Locks and/or tags should be placed to plainly identify the equipment or circuits being worked on."

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