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Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 964263.015 Citation: 01002 Issuance: 07/09/2014 ReportingID: 0728900

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:2 Contest Date:07/15/2014
Abatement Date:03/20/2015 2 Nr Exposed:10 Final Order:03/09/2015
Initial Penalty: $6,300.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $6,300.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Substance: 0170 Ammonia (Nh3)

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 07/09/2014 $6,300.00 08/25/2014 Serious  
Penalty :   07/28/2014 $6,300.00 08/25/2014 Serious  
Penalty F: Formal Settlement 03/09/2015 $6,300.00 03/20/2015 Serious  

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

OSH ACT of 1970 Section (5)(a)(1): 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 skin/body injuries including severe burns, frostbite or death from liquid and/or vapor anhydrous ammonia while responding to a release without wearing chemical impervious clothing. Midwest Farmers Cooperative, 600 South 10th St., Tecumseh, NE - Employees responding to an ammonia release on or about March 20, 2014, did not wear chemical impervious clothing while shutting ammonia valves and turning off equipment at the accident site. Protective slicker(s) and/or protective pant(s) and jacket(s) that are impervious to ammonia were not available on site at the facility. AMONG OTHER METHODS, FEASIBLE AND ACCEPTABLE METHODS TO CORRECT THIS HAZARD ARE: 1) Provide protective slicker(s) and/or protective pant(s) and jacket(s), all impervious to ammonia at permanent ammonia storage locations per ANSI K61.1 (1999)/CGA G-2.1 (1999) - 3.4.1.4 as adopted by Nebraska State Fire Marshal as Title 153, NAC Chapter 14. 2) Provide an adequate number and sizes of slickers and/or pants and jackets for potential employee exposure to ammonia at permanent ammonia storage locations. 3) Develop inspection protocols to ensure ammonia protective clothing remains available and in good condition at permanent ammonia storage locations. 4) Train employees on the location of impervious clothing at permanent ammonia storage facilities and the appropriate procedures to use the protective clothing.

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