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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 304270820 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 10/03/2002 ReportingID: 0636900

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:3 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:10/23/2002 X Nr Exposed:3 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $1,500.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $1,500.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:CONFINED

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 10/03/2002 $1,500.00 10/23/2002 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 10/22/2002 $1,500.00 10/23/2002 Serious  

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

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment free from recognized hazards that were causing, or likely to cause, death or serious physical harm to employees. Employees were exposed to potential hazards found in sewer lines due to the lack of a confined space entry procedure. Employees were required to enter manholes without prior characterization of the environment for safety and health hazards. Hazards which could potentially exist include, but are not limited to: an oxygen deficient atmosphere, an explosive and/or toxic atmosphere, and physical hazards due to the configuration of the space. Among other methods, one feasible means of correction would be to develop and implement a permit required confined space entry program. A document published by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), published as ANSI Z117.1-1995, and, OSHA standard 29 CFR 1910.146, "Permit-required Confined Spaces", are examples of references which could be consulted to establish a program.h

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