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Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

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Violation Items

Nr: 964263.015 Citation: 01004 Issuance: 07/09/2014 ReportingID: 0728900

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:4 Contest Date:07/15/2014
Abatement Date:11/20/2014 Nr Exposed:15 Final Order:03/09/2015
Initial Penalty: $4,501.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $0.00 Gravity:05 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 $4,501.00 11/20/2014 Serious  
Penalty :   07/28/2014 $4,501.00 11/20/2014 Serious  
Penalty F: Formal Settlement 03/09/2015 $4,501.00 11/20/2014 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 004 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 are exposed to crushing injuries, struck-by injuries, severe burns, tissue damage, or pulmonary edema from potential train derailment, flying debris, sparks, and gas and/or liquid anhydrous ammonia from release. Midwest Farmers Cooperative, 600 South 10th St., Tecumseh, NE - Four permanent anhydrous ammonia storage tanks ranging in capacity from 12,000 to 15,000 gallons are each located closer than 100 feet to a Class 4 (per 49 CFR 213.9) mainline of a railroad. Trucks transporting approximately 40,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia also unload in the area between tank #4 (north end closest to tracks) and the railroad mainline. AMONG OTHER METHODS, FEASIBLE AND ACCEPTABLE METHODS TO CORRECT THIS HAZARD ARE: 1) Relocate anhydrous ammonia storage tanks to a minimum 100 feet of separation between the tanks and the mainline of the adjacent railroad per ANSI K61.1 (1999)/CGA G-2.1 (1999) - Table 3 as adopted by Nebraska State Fire Marshal as Title 153, NAC Chapter 14. 2) Contact railroad about potential relocation of the adjacent mainline to a minimum separation distance of 100 feet between the anhydrous ammonia storage tanks and the railroad mainline. 3) Protect transport drivers, other workers, and tanker trucks during anhydrous ammonia transfer operations between the railroad tracks and ammonia storage tank #4.

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