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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 312473663 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 03/05/2009 ReportingID: 0627400

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:4 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:03/10/2009 I Nr Exposed:3 Final Order:
Initial Penalty: $2,500.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $1,500.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:ELECTRIC

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 03/05/2009 $2,500.00 03/10/2009 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 03/24/2009 $1,500.00 03/10/2009 Serious  

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

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 the condition(s) listed below: On December 10, 2008, and for a period of time prior to that date, employees at the Cotton Center Co-Op Gin were exposed to the hazard of ignition of combustible fibers and flyings, in the form of cotton lint, by electrical equipment that did not comply with the provisions of the National Electrical Code (NEC): a) An electrical box on the north side of the south bale press had a series of unstopped holes in the base, which permitted cotton lint to accumulate inside the box. This did not comply with NEC Article 503.10, (A)(1): "All boxes and fittings shall be dusttight." b) An electrical box in the press pit for the south bale press was missing the front cover entirely, allowing cotton lint to cover all the wiring inside the box and enter the conduit attached to it. This did not comply with NEC Article 503.10, (A)(1): "All boxes and fittings shall be dusttight." c) A conduit body and attached electrical box on the floor adjacent to the east side of the south bale press had uncovered openings, which permitted cotton lint to accumulate inside the box and to enter the conduit. This did not comply with NEC Article 503.10, (A)(1): "All boxes and fittings shall be dusttight." d) A flexible wire connected to a valve control on the east side of the south bale press had the outer insulation pulled loose from the connector on the control. This compromised the integrity of the seal and did not comply with NEC Article 503.10, (A)(2): "Where necessary to employ flexible connections, dusttight flexible connectors, liquidtight flexible metal conduit with listed fittings, liquidtight flexible nonmetallic conduit with listed fittings, or flexible cord in comformance with 503.140 shall be used." One reasonable and effective form of abatement would be to effectively seal the openings in the electrical boxes and replace or repair the flexible wire connection, in the instances noted above.

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