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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 309202810 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 05/08/2006 ReportingID: 0213100

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:06/23/2006 X Nr Exposed:5 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $7,000.00 REC:C Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $7,000.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:EXPLOSION


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

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 steam/metal explosions resulting from the introduction of charge that was damp or wet with water into a hot furnace. a. On or about 11/26/05, remelt furnace building, an operator charged a hot furnace with wet sows resulting in an explosion. The explosion caused building panels to be blown off the building and concussion effects to the employees. Among other methods, acceptable and feasible methods of abatement include: 1. Inspect each load for moisture prior to the load operator dumping it into the hopper. 2. Build a weather-proof storage area for material. 3. Preheat charge material to remove any surface or entrained moisture., as set forth in ANSI Z241.2-1989, paragraph 5.3.5.4. "ABATEMENT DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED"

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