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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 310474051 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 01/26/2007 ReportingID: 0522500

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:02/28/2007 X Nr Exposed:11 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $3,500.00 REC:R Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $2,100.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:EXPLOSION

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 01/26/2007 $3,500.00 02/28/2007 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 02/20/2007 $2,100.00 02/28/2007 Serious  

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 molten metal explosions: a.On or about October 18, 2006, in the melt department, two employees were injured when an explosion occurred in furnace #3. The employer did not ensure that the low alloy steel scrap and nodular pig charged to furnace #3 was dry and void of any water, moisture, or liquid-bearing material causing contamination on the outside and/or sealed within the inside of the scrap metal. One feasible and acceptable method, among others, to correct this hazard is to follow the American National Standards Institute Z241.2-1999, Safety Requirements for Melting and Pouring of Metals in the Metalcasting Industry. This would include establishing procedures for furnace charging and additions to molten metal that would address using only dry charge materials and avoiding closed or partially closed containers that may contain liquids to be mixed with the furnace charge.

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