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Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 984593.015 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 12/18/2014 ReportingID: 0830500

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:02/21/2015 2 Nr Exposed:2 Final Order:01/13/2015
Initial Penalty: $4,250.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $3,000.00 Gravity:5 Haz Category:

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 12/18/2014 $4,250.00 02/21/2015 Serious  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 01/13/2015 $3,000.00 02/21/2015 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 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 respiratory hazards during tank gauging and crude oil sampling operations: (a) Noble Energy Inc, at Wells Ranch Econode 5 & 6, Gill, CO: On and preceding 6/24/14, Noble Energy Inc 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 respiratory hazards during tank gauging and crude oil sampling operations. Employees performed venting of tanks and gauging of crude oil at the oil well tank battery. Workers performed these tasks at open thief hatches and adjacent to opened blow down vents. Flammable hydrocarbon gases were vented through open thief hatches and blow down vents. The employer did not develop and utilize procedures for gauging and sampling that did not expose employees to an oxygen deficient atmosphere and hydrocarbon gases and vapors. This condition exposed employees to respiratory hazards. Abatement Note: Among other methods, feasible abatement methods include: (1) Installation and use of ground level tank gauges to eliminate need for employees to climb onto tanks to perform tank gauging. Refer to American Petroleum Institute Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards Chapter 3.1B "Standard Practice for Level Measurement of Liquid Hydrocarbons in Stationary Tanks by Automatic Tank Gauging".

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