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Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

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Violation Items

Nr: 309381614 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 11/09/2006 ReportingID: 0215800

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:5 Contest Date:11/21/2006
Abatement Date:11/20/2006 Nr Exposed:6 Final Order:01/28/2008
Initial Penalty: $7,000.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $7,000.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:STRUCK BY

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 11/09/2006 $7,000.00 11/20/2006 Serious  
Penalty J: ALJ Decision 01/28/2008 $7,000.00 11/20/2006 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard: STRUCK BY

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer does not furnish employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees, in that employees are exposed to THE HAZARD OF BEING STRUCK-BY falling oil rigs. Recent instances of this violation include: a)Baker Road Drilling Site, on or about 05/12/06: The employer did not ensure that wind guy anchors supporting the derrick structure of the drilling rig were installed to withstand a minimum tension load of 8500 pounds, in that 3 of 4 that were pull tested and failed to meet the 8500 psi requirement (A- 3=7800 psi, A-4=7800 psi, A-2=3800 psi and A-1 failed during the accident). Among other methods, feasible and acceptable means of abatement is to; 1). Follow the manufacturer's operating guide for Ideco KM-103-224-KH drilling rigs, para I Rigging Up, item A 14. 2). Operators guide refers to American Petroleum Institute (API) as an additional means of developing methods of compliance with RP4G, Recommended Practice for Use and Procedures for Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Drilling and Well Servicing Structures, April 2004, Para 14.4. b)Baker Road Drilling Site, on or about 05/12/06: The employer did not ensure that the derrick structure for the drilling rig was rigged up in a safe manner, in that visible markers were not placed on each wind guy wire to prevent accidental contact with heavy equipment. Among other methods, feasible and acceptable means of abatement is to; 1). Comply with American Petroleum Institute, RP4G, Recommended Practice for Use and Procedures for Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Drilling and Well Servicing Structures, para 14.5f which requires visible markers on each guy wire. 2). Comply with employers Accident Prevention Handbook, page 6.3D which requires that flags be placed on all guy wires. c)Baker Road Drilling Site, on or about 05/12/06: The employer did not ensure that an adequate "chain-around" system was installed when the appropriate tension was placed on the wind guys. Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable means of abatement is to follow the manufacturers recommendations of utilizing a "chain-around" system for the come-a-long tensioning system for the wing guys. d)Baker Road Drilling Site, on or about 05/12/06: The employer did not ensure that anchors were installed in a safe manner to prevent standing water over the anchor shaft. Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable means of abatement is to mound up soil and tightly pack it around the anchor shaft. Operators guide refers to API as an additional means of developing methods of compliance with RP4G, Recommended Practice for Use and Procedures for Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Drilling and Well Servicing Structures, para 14.4d. e)Baker Road Drilling Site, on or about 05/12/06: The employer did not ensure that thimbles were used at the ends of wire ropes securing the wind guy anchoring system to the derrick structure, and that the U-bolt wire rope clamps were installed in accordance with manufacturers instructions (U section contacts dead end). Among other methods, feasible and acceptable method of abatement is to: 1). Follow the U-bolt manufacturers (Crosby) installation instructions. 2). Follow the American Petroleum Institute RP 9G, August 2002, page 10, use of wire ropes. Pursuant to 29 CFR 1903.19(d), the employer must provide documentation that these violations have been abated within 10 calendar days of the date it receives the citation.

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