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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 310468145 Citation: 01002 Issuance: 01/02/2008 ReportingID: 0830500

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:01/29/2008 X Nr Exposed:5 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $1,375.00 REC: Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $893.00 Gravity:03 Haz Category:STRUCK BY

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 01/02/2008 $1,375.00 01/29/2008 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 01/28/2008 $893.00 01/29/2008 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 002 Hazard: STRUCK BY

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 struck-by hazards due to failure of running wire rope within the air tugger: (a)Frontier Drilling, LLC & Rig # 3 County Rd 352, Rifle, CO 81650: On or before July 19, 2007, the drilling contractor did not ensure that frequent and periodic inspections were performed for the Chinese pneumatic winches model # XJFH, used to raise and lower dril pipe, personnel, and other drilling rig components. The air tugger had a section of the running rope or lay, that had bird caged, which may decrease the tensile strength of the rope. The drilling contractor did not have sufficient procedures and controls implemented to effectively ensure running rope on the air tuggers was inspected frequently and periodically to determine if wire rope was sufficient for use. The condition exposed employees working on the derrick floor to struck-by hazards as a result of the wire rope failing. Abatement Note: Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable method to correct this hazard can be found in the American National Standards Institute B.30.7-2001 Section 7- 2.1,7-2.1.2, 7-2.1.4, and 7-2.4, which provides for frequent and periodic inspections and the recordkeeping associated with such inspections. Abatement Note: Abatement certification and documentation are required for this item (see enclosed "Sample Abatement Certification Letter").

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