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FAILURE OF HAND PORTABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER (USCG)
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 20:57

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This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to vessel owners/operators and fire safety equipment servicing companies to use caution when replacing components on hand portable fire extinguishers. While examining the activities surrounding a fire onboard a vessel, Coast Guard investigators from Sector Hampton Roads learned of the failure of a hand portable 15 pound (lb) Carbon Dioxide (CO2) extinguisher. During a fire-fighting event, a crewmember attempted to use a 15 lb CO2 extinguisher, but the extinguisher failed to properly discharge and only seeped from the neck of the extinguisher. The fire was extinguished by another crewmember using a dry-chemical fire extinguisher. The investigators had the extinguisher examined at a fire-fighting equipment service center. They determined that the hose and discharge horn had been replaced at an earlier time. The end of the hose screws on to a diffuser on the side of the discharge valve/handle assembly of the extinguisher. The diffuser is a ported protrusion on the male end of a ninety degree fitting. On the side of the protrusion are orifices through which the CO2 flows. The examination revealed that the spherical end of the protrusion, which contains no orifices, bottomed out against the orifice in the connection fitting that leads to the hose and horn assembly. The flow of CO2 was thus completely blocked.  CLICK HERE for this Safety Alert from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 July 2014 21:14
 
EPA RMP & EPCRA Citations @ a facility using HF (RMP $247,274 & EPCRA $273,150)
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 20:38

Respondent is the owner and/or operator of facilities that use a proprietary fluorination technology to treat plastic containers and other articles. At all times relevant to this action, Respondent processed, handled and stored hydrogen fluoride (HF) at its facilities. HF is a regulated substance pursuant to 40 C.F.R. § 68.3 with a threshold of 1,000 pounds. From 2010 - December 2011 EPA inspected four (4) facilities, of which respondent failed to develop and implement a risk management program or submit an RMP for its Mt. Pleasant, Iowa; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Centerville, Iowa, facilities, as required by Section 112(r)(7) ofthe CAA, 40 C.F.R. §§ 68.12 and 68.150(a).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 July 2014 21:13
 
Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) Fatality at a NE Co-Op was an UNLOADING ACCIDENT
Safety Info Posts - Chemical Process Safety (PSM/RMP)
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

07/16/2014 UPDATE  -After the death in March of a truck driver, OSHA has cited the grain handling facility for 12 serious safety violations. The driver was overcome by anhydrous ammonia vapors while transferring the liquid from a semi-truck to bulk storage tanks on March 20.  He later died at the hospital from complications related to the ammonia inhalation. Three other workers, a second employee walked into the cloud, employee of BNSF Railway who was performing maintenance on the adjacent railroad tracks, and a deputy sheriff were injured.  OSHA proposed penalties of $62,101.  According to OSHA's account of the accident, a 250-gallon tank ruptured, releasing anhydrous ammonia into the atmosphere and exposing the 63-year-old driver, who had worked at the facility for more than 10 years, to an ammonia vapor cloud.  Several were violations of OSHA’s Storage and Handling of Anhydrous Ammonia Standards, such as failing to provide an ammonia control system; to provide employees with chemically impervious clothing; to inspect and maintain ammonia equipment and piping to prevent potential leaks and system failure; and to develop and train workers in an emergency response plan. The company was also cited for storing the chemical in tanks within 100 feet of a mainline railroad track. Other violations involved respiratory protection standards.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=26367

Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2014 20:26
 
Storage Practices: Controlled Atmosphere Storage (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Emergency Response
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:07

In Controlled Atmosphere (CA) storage, oxygen levels in the sealed rooms are REDUCED (usually by the infusion of nitrogen gas) from the approximate 21 percent in normal atmospheres to 1-2 percent. Temperatures are generally maintained in the 32-36 F (0-2.2 C) range through mechanical refrigeration systems. Humidity is maintained around 95 percent, and carbon dioxide levels are also controlled between 5 and 10 percent based on the product.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:59
 
28 incidents & 0 update (7/13/14)
Safety Info Posts - Incident Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Sunday, 13 July 2014 22:58
Last Updated on Sunday, 13 July 2014 23:10
 
Scissor Lift Failure Accident
Safety Info Posts - Safety Alerts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Friday, 11 July 2014 22:23

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Report Date: 4 June 2014

Scissor Lift Accident - 3 June 2014 – Facility 9555

Contractor personnel involved and contractor owned equipment. The scissor lift failed while in raised position. The lift lowered in an uncontrolled manner, which resulted in the injury of the two personnel. The personnel were transported to the hospital for evaluation. Initial report of failure was hydraulic failure. Unknown at this time, if the personnel involved were from the prime contractor or were sub-contractors.

Initial documentation and investigation occurred on 3 June 2014 at approx 1620, with a second documentation and investigation occurring at 0820 on 4 June 2014.

Investigators: Government

Contract Reps:

Contract Purpose: Over head rail crane maintenance.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 July 2014 22:47
 
Storage Practices: Grain Elevator Explosions (USFA)
Safety Info Posts - Combustible Dusts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 21:16

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As end-of-summer harvest time nears, grain storage facilities will be gearing up to accept crops from farmers’ fields. Many of these products produce combustible dusts that can result in catastrophic explosions when there is a suitable mix of air and fuel, as well as an ignition source such as a hot bearing, overheated motor, misaligned conveyor belt, or when welding, cutting and brazing are taking place.

According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, since 1976, there have been 503 grain elevator explosions in the United States, resulting in 184 deaths and 677 injuries. The likelihood, severity and lethality of grain dust explosions and fires can be reduced by a few simple safety precautions.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 21:24
 
Confined Space Flash Fire (Tank NOT connected!)
Safety Info Posts - Permit Required Confined Spaces
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 16:48

This incident is a PERFECT example of how work within the space can CREATE its own HAZARDOUS ATMOSPHERE!  This was a tank that was siting in a lay-down yard and had been painted on the inside.  Not sure if it was a "new" tank or one that was being reworked, but none the less it was NOT attached to a process or any thing for that matter at the time of this accident.  Vessel was being inspected at the time of the flash fire.  CLICK HERE (pdf) for the investigation presentation.  Very Well DONE!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 17:01
 
OSHA's Citation Policy for Paperwork and Written Program Requirement Violations (CPL 02-00-111)
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:21

OSHA recognizes that in some situations, violations of certain standards which require the employer to have a written program to address a hazard, or to make a written certification (e.g., hazard communication, personal protective equipment, permit-required confined spaces, and others), are perceived to be "paperwork deficiencies" rather than critically important implementation problems. In other circumstances, violations of such standards have a significant adverse impact on employee safety and health.  The purpose of this instruction is to provide guidance which will lead to consistent and effective enforcement of OSHA's standards, particularly where technical violations involve employer obligations for posting, recordkeeping and documentation of performance, and have no adverse impact on worker safety and health.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 July 2014 11:35
 
OSHA updates CPL 02-00-158, Inspection Procedures for the Respiratory Protection Standard
Safety Info Posts - OSHA Compliance Posts
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:18

This new Respiratory Protection Directive updates OSHA’s inspection procedures and enforcement policies since the previous update, September 25, 1998. This Instruction provides guidance to the national, regional, and area offices for performing compliance inspections involving OSHA’s Respiratory Protection Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134. This Instruction also serves to inform industry, employer and worker groups, state programs, and other federal agencies concerning OSHA's policy and procedures for implementing intervention and inspection programs to reduce or eliminate workplace exposures related to hazardous airborne substances.  This is a MUST READ for all respirator program administrators, as there are a few surprises in this CPL!!! For one... if anyone other than the PLCHP is maintaining your Questionnaires you may have some issues regarding "confidentiality"!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:38
 
“Dropping trailers” of flammable liquids
Safety Info Posts - Flammable Liquids
Written by Bryan Haywood   
Monday, 07 July 2014 19:12

Have you ever seen several full tanker trailers parked without their mode of transport under them or a railcar with the Class 3 Flammable placard hooked up to the process and being used as a storage tank? Although OSHA’s 1910.106 makes no specific prohibition against this practice, I would like to point out that the International Fire Code (IFC) of which many states in the USA have adopted as their state fire code does make a SPECIFIC PROHIBITION of using railcars or tank trucks as “storage tanks”.

 
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