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)
For the gun owners, you already know what the title means. But for those not quite sure, this is what I mean. When we handle a firearm, loaded or unloaded, we ALWAYS treat it as if it is loaded. This means we NEVER put ourselves in the line of fire, REGARDLESS of the status of the weapon. And the "safety" on the weapon is our LAST LINE of defense. We MUST take this same philosophy during our line breaking/process opening task!
Since EPA published their final amendments last month, some in the process safety profession have been in a tizzy over the 3rd Party Audit Requirements. This little revision is going over about as well as OSHA's revised Hazard Categories. This week I have fielded many calls, emails, and texts from people panicking over this new 3rd Party Audit requirement. For the record, as if EPA has not stated this already, the 3rd Party Audit requirements do NOT apply to the "normal" 3-year audit(s), EXCEPT for specific situations...
This was the shoe of a stand up forklift driver who got his foot too far of the edge of the lift. He was uninjured. The cost of the injury without that shoe would have paid for every employee’s safety shoes in our company for two years.
Respondent operates a natural gas processing plant where raw natural gas is received via pipeline and processed to remove heavy natural gas liquids (NGLs) (i.e., butane, ethane, methane, pentane, propane, isobutane and isopentane ). After being processed and purified into a finished by-product, the NGL mixture is stored in pressurized tanks and transferred into tanker trucks for sale, while the clean natural gas is sold from the site via pipeline. 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, the Respondent agreed to allow a duly authorized EPA representative to conduct an onsite inspection of its RMProgram related records and process equipment on August 7, 2014. The focus of the onsite inspection was to assess the Respondent's compliance with RMProgram requirements for its covered processes operating at its stationary source.
Respondent is a municipality doing business in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On November 13, 2014, the EPA issued to Respondent a notice of potential violation ("NOPV"), providing notice that the EPA found that Respondent had potentially committed the alleged violations described in Section E of this Agreement and providing Respondent an opportunity to confer with the EPA. On July 14, 2015, and October 14, 2015, representatives of Respondent and the EPA discussed the November 13, 2014, NOPV. Respondent operates a "stationary source" as that term is defined by Section 302(z) of the Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7602(z). 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:
Respondent is a municipality doing business in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. On October 27, 2015, the EPA issued to Respondent a notice of potential violation ("NOPV"), providing notice that the EPA found that Respondent had potentially committed alleged violations and providing Respondent an opportunity to confer with the EPA. On April 5, 2016, and May 26, 2016, representatives of Respondent and the EPA discussed the October 27, 2015, NOPV. For the purpose of this Agreement:
RAIL YARD FATALITY Worker Dies in Blytheville Steel Mill Accident (worker was killed while working in the rail yard - he was a locomotive operator with 27 years of experience - no details on what happened)
LINEMAN ELECTROCUTION Utility worker killed in Sullivan County identified (worker, 46, died repairing a downed wire - customers were without power in the area and was the reason the utility crew was in the area - a representative from the County Sheriff's Department said that the company and OSHA would conduct their own investigations to determine why the downed line still had power and if all protocols were followed)
LANDFILL FATALITY w/ DUMP TRUCK Moffat County employee dies in landfill accident (worker died in an industrial accident at a County landfill - the man, who was a County employee, died at the scene at about 5:30 a.m. - he was operating a dump truck and hauling snow to the landfill when the accident occurred - investigation is ongoing)
LOTO/PRCS FATALITY Worker dies after accident at Arkansas plant (worker, 27, died after a mixer was activated while he was inside the tank attempting to retrieve a bag of salt he dropped - a co-worker found him in the mixer - he was taken to a Hospital after his co-worker pressed the emergency stop button to halt the machine)
The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) has released the panel investigation report into the November 20, 2014 explosion and fatality on a platform. The explosion occurred on West Delta Block 105 Platform E, resulting in the tragic death of Jerrel Hancock. Mr. Hancock, a Turnkey Cleaning Services supervisor, died after an explosion occurred inside the electrostatic heater treater located on the platform while the contract cleaning crew personnel were engaged in activities related to cleaning the vessel. The five member investigation panel identified a number of failures in the application of basic safety management practices which may have contributed to Mr. Hancock’s death. The report concludes that there were apparent inadequacies in:
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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