A 61-year-old truck driver was watching two mechanics work on the inside rear tire of a truck. One mechanic left to retrieve a tool while the other mechanic was removing the air chuck. The truck driver approached the tire when the side wall of the tire exploded, releasing the compressed air and throwing the truck driver backwards where his head struck the floor. The employee died in route to the hospital. CLICK HERE for more incident likes this from MI-OSHA
Robyn Brooks DEP/CPSEI/JRL
Director - Health, Environment, Safety and Security
The Chlorine Institute
1300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 525
Arlington, VA 22209
IFS Coatings is a leader in the production of high performance powder coatings based in Gainesville, Texas. We strive to be the best supplier of high performance powder coatings meeting the specialty needs of industry with speed, integrity and responsibility to our employees, customers and communities in which we exist.
Other duties include but are not limited to; conducting employee and subcontractor site safety orientations as well as oversee training programs, work with all levels of the organization to implement HSE guidelines, participate in safety meetings and track incident statistics timely and appropriately.
Nice headline huh? Don't order the cake and party horns just yet, as the delay is a whopping seven (7) days and NO that is not a type-o! In accordance with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” this action temporarily delays until March 21, 2017, the effective date of the Risk Management Plan rule (and 29 others that I could care less about). That memorandum directed the heads of Executive Departments and Agencies to temporarily postpone for sixty days from the date of the memorandum the effective dates of all regulations that had been published in the Federal Register but had not yet taken effect. Where appropriate, the Agency may consider delaying the effective date beyond March 21, 2017. If the Agency were to do so, consistent with the memorandum of the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, the Agency would propose any later effective date for public comment. CLICK HERE for the official notice.
This is the second CSB investigation since 2008 involving a catastrophic failure of a heat exchanger (e.g. pressure vessel) that resulted in a fatality and in BOTH accidents, the heat exchanger had been ISOLATED from its relief protection. CLICK HERE for the 2008 Heat Exchanger Accident Report which involved maintenance work on the vessel which contained anhydrous ammonia.
In our line of work we come across a lot of mechanical ventilation systems that are intended to control/reduce quantities of hazardous gases/fumes/vapors in processing/work/storage areas. And in many cases the facility will hand us a document from a designer/contractor that shows the ventilation system has fans that can meet the CFM prescribed in their chosen RAGAGEP or applicable OSHA standard; however, when we examine this "ventilation design basis" there is no documentation of how the ventilation system actually works: 1) where is the make-up air coming from? and 2) where is the bad are being discharged? These two (2) components are HUGE in ensuring a ventilation system is doing what we hoped AND is not creating a hazard elsewhere or worse, providing a FALSE sense of hazard control. We like to refer our clients to their state Mechanical Code (if their state has one) or even to the International Mechanical Code (IMC) as a baseline for their ventilation design, as many of the RAGAGEPs focus on the air flow calculations and not some of these very basic design features. For example, it is not all that uncommon to find the ventilation intake(s) and discharge(s) on the same wall or ceiling, even though the facility can provide us with fan spec's and intake size to show that the air movement meets RAGAGEP numbers (see my previous article on the locations of intakes). The way the air moves through the space can be just as important than how much air is moved! Case in point, check out these BASELINE ventilation requirements from the 2015 IMC...
NOTE: many state mechanical codes will contain this same language, so if your state has been adopting the IMC for the past decade or so, there is a good likelihood that your state mechanical code will contain these requirements.