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Violation Detail

Standard Cited:5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 987286.015 Citation: 02001 Issuance: 01/27/2015 ReportingID: 0419700

Viol Type:Willful NrInstances:1 Contest Date:
Abatement Date:03/16/2015 2 Nr Exposed:12 Final Order:02/19/2015
Initial Penalty: $56,000.00 REC:R Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $10,500.00 Gravity:10 Haz Category:

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 01/27/2015 $56,000.00 03/16/2015 Willful  
Penalty I: Informal Settlement 02/19/2015 $10,500.00 03/16/2015 Willful  

Text For Citation: 02 Item/Group: 001 Hazard:

OSH ACT of 1970 Section (5)(a)(1): The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which was free from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed to wood dust explosions, deflagrations, and fire hazards due to deficient design and /or implementation of preventive and/or protective measures in its wood pellet processing system and related equipment, such as the following: a. On or about July 29, 2014, employees operated the wood pellet mill processing equipment to include screw and pneumatic conveyors, burner/furnace, triple-pass rotary dryer, cyclone, industrial fans, hammer mill, sawdust storage silo, pellet mills and pellet storage silo connected by pipes and ducts that were not protected by deflagration isolation systems such as flame arrestors, flame front diverters, spark detection and spark extinguishing equipment, employees were exposed to wood dust explosions, deflagrations, and fire hazards.

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