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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 300572906 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 01/29/1997 ReportingID: 0627400

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:02/18/1997 X Nr Exposed:4 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $1,500.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $750.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:HEAT

Substance: 1803 L.P.G. (Liquified Petroleum Gas)

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 01/29/1997 $1,500.00 02/18/1997 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 02/12/1997 $750.00 02/18/1997 Serious  

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

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 the condition(s) listed below: a) On or about December 3, 1996, employees working as feed truck operators used an LP gas torch to heat the interior of a storage tank containing tallow, used as an ingredient in cattle feed. This torch, which was not equipped with any form of regulator or other safety device, was lit and inserted into the top of the tank to heat the interior. It was left unattended for over an hour and created an explosive mixture of LP gas and air inside the tank after it went out. Employees were thus exposed to the hazards of explosion and fire from the ignition of this explosive gas mixture. Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable abatement method to correct this hazard is to prohibit the use of such a torch to heat the interior of tanks containing fat or molasses.g

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