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MEMBERS AREA UPDATED ON 12/19/2016 with 226 Shocker Photos
Over 14,500 categorized unsafe acts/conditions and accident/injuries photos
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MANY THANKS to my NEW and RENEWING "Partners in Safety" for their support!
WARNING! Viewer discretion is advised. The video captures the moment a worker falls from a high lift forklift (standing on tines), showing the impact with the concrete warehouse floor.
This is a 24,000-gallon fuel tank that floated out of the ground due to extremely high ground water levels and low fuel level inside the tank. Laws of physics will win every time! I do wonder what would have happened had a car been parked over the tank when it broke free and floated to the surface.
We seem always hear about catastrophic accidents when a pressure vessel fails outwardly, but let us not forget that a vacuum in a vessel NOT RATE for a vacuum can ruin a $200,000 vessel just as easy - maybe not as fast - but certainly just as easy!! Case in point... what happens when you have a valve in your vent line and someone for some reason closes it! I am a big fan of "car-seal" programs and any valve in a relief line, BOTH positive pressure and vacuum relief, MUST BE CAR-SEALED OPEN. The cost of replacing this vessel will be a fraction of the cost and risk the unit will incur shutting to replace it.
2 BNSF Railway workers killed on tracks in SW South Dakota (two railway employees have been struck and killed by a train around 10:15 a.m. - no other details)
WELL SITE FATALITY Lewis County Worker killed in Tyler County well site accident (worker, 19, died at a Hospital from injuries sustained in an accident at a well site - he was struck by a truck and was pinned between the truck and a stationary object)
HYDROGEN SULFIDE FATALITY Blast at Pemex Processing Plant Kills One Worker, Injures Several Others (an explosion at a processing plants has led to the death of one of the workers - accident caused the intoxication of three workers who were carrying out maintenance work and the unfortunate death of one of them - the explosion was caused by a leakage of hydrogen sulfide at the refinery - local media reports say the number of injured in the explosion stands at 9, two of them have been hospitalized)
Respondent has submitted and registered an RMPlan to the EPA for its Stationary Source and has developed an RMProgram accidental release prevention program for the Stationary Source. At its Stationary Source, the Respondent operates a river barge terminal. The facility stores anhydrous ammonia and blends fertilizers for sale to farmers and cooperatives. Anhydrous ammonia is received via barge and rail, stored, and distributed for both direct application and for blending into mixed-grade fertilizers for crop production nutrients. Approximately, a maximum of 18,940,000 pounds of ammonia are on-site at any given time. At its Stationary Source, the Respondent has one RMProgram level 3 covered process which stores or otherwise uses anhydrous ammonia in amounts exceeding its applicable threshold of 10,000 pounds. During calendar year 2014, EPA opened an RMProgram compliance monitoring investigation to determine Respondent's compliance with 40 C.F.R. Part 68 at its Stationary Source. As part of this investigation, EPA conducted an onsite inspection of RMProgram related records and equipment on July 24, 2014. The focus of the onsite inspection was to assess the Respondent's compliance with RMProgram requirements for its covered process.
Several months ago I posted an article OSHA publishes DRAFT "Process Safety Management for Small Business Compliance" and how it offered some guidance on how facilities could disperse their inventories of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (HHC) and stay out of or get out of PSM. I have received many e-mails questioning the validity of the material in the DRAFT publication "Process Safety Management for Small Business Compliance" and asking how reliable the instructions are seeing how it was a DRAFT publication. But long before OSHA published their DRAFT document, they offered up the same advice in a much more "official" document...
MANY THANKS MH! This week's pic is sort of different - instead of doing outrageous things with a ladder, this worker chose NOT to use a perfectly good ladder for a task, instead, he used a wire spool.
A cryogenic natural gas liquid ("NGL") facility with capacity to process approximately 1.0 billion cubic feet per day of raw natural gas while recovering around 1.4 gallons per million cubic feet of NGL product in the ethane rejection mode of operation suffered a release of approximately 19,000 pounds of NGL at the truck loading area on 10/9/2014. In the aftermath of the Release, EPA conducted an investigation pursuant to Section 114 of the CAA, to determine whether Respondent was in compliance with the Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions at 40 C.F.R. Part 68. EPA sent four information requests to Respondent to which Respondent responded with letters. Based on the information obtained in Respondent's responses to the information requests, EPA determined that the truck loading area includes four 70,000-gallon NGL storage tanks and two NGL truck loading skids which consists of pumps, piping and instrumentation. The NGL consists of a mixture of highly flammable liquids. The flammable mixture consists of at least 1 % each of propane, pentane, isobutane, butane, isopentane, methane and ethane. All of these chemicals comprising the NGL constitute regulated substances pursuant to Section 112(r)(5) of the CAA, listed in 40 C.F.R. § 68.130, Table 3. The weight of the liquids in each 70,000-gallon storage tank containing NGL is greater than 10,000 pounds, at approximately 1,166,200 to 1,526,060 pounds.
FATAL FALL into GRAIN BIN Man Killed in Workplace Accident at Malting Company in Shakopee (worker, 58, was killed about 9:15 p.m. at the plant when he fell into a grain bin - another worker found the man and called 911 immediately - he was pronounced dead at the scene - it is currently unknown how long the man had been in the bin before being found - officials have yet to disclose the kind of machine that the employee fell into or whether he was wearing some sort of safety harness)
FALL from CRANE Ford contract worker injured in Dearborn plant accident (contract worker was seriously injured after falling from a crane - witness told Automotive News the worker fell head first from several stories high - worker’s condition was not available)
FIRE/EXPLOSION Accident that injured contract worker at Western Sugar under investigation (contract employee received burns while working on an evaporator unit and was transported to a Medical Center, but has since been transferred to another treatment center)
CONFINED SPACE FATALITIES Slurry Tanker Accident Left Two Dead After Worker Tried To Save Teenage Colleague (worker, 35, died in a slurry tanker as he was trying to save a teenage colleague, 19, who had fallen in - incident took place at a recycling facility at a farm - the teen had been trying to clear a blockage in the tanker when the worker tried to help him, he too fell in - a hole had to be cut in the side of the vehicle to retrieve their bodies)
I am teaching another 1-Day Course for ASSE
Intro to Process Safety Management
February 13, 2017
The Rio, Las Vegas, NV
My Friend Jonathan Zimmerman and I are presenting at ASSE's Safety 2017
Topic: Safe Work Permit Management System
Day and Time to be posted later.
I am also working on details to do a
POST conference PSM course in CO as well.
Details to be posted later.
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