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OSHA initiated an inspection on Nov. 21, 2014, as a follow-up to its May 30, 2013, inspection. Company received two failure-to-abate notices for hazards for which the employer had been cited previously: not maintaining process equipment and not adequately addressing the potential impact of a vapor cloud explosion on an occupied temporary trailer. Additionally, OSHA found two repeat violations involving workers performing service on a compressor without locking it out. The company also did not ensure that the written process safety information included all the necessary information pertaining to the equipment. One serious violation was issued for not conducting management of change reviews as required. Here is the breakdown of the citations:
We have all heard the stories about "pressure" killing workers. One of my favorite trick questions to ask a group attending my LOTO training is "just how much pressure does it take to kill a human?" The incident below occurred at a power generation station and involved 40 psi, but PLEASE keep in mind that much less energy can result in similar outcomes. This is a great incident to include in your PRCS and Line Break training.
To determine a recommended, non-destructive metallurgical testing method and protocol for detecting cracks in a nurse tank, and to develop guidelines for when to require repair or order a nurse tank out-of-service. Research results are intended to support a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended rulemaking by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to address non-destructive testing of nurse tanks.
WARNING! This video shows a worker being crushed as he is thrown from his PIT and the PIT then flips and pins him, killing him instantly.
Improving the Nation’s Chemical Security Program Statistics as of May 1, 2015