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Monday, May 13, 2013

Last Week's Significant OSHA Citations

The following is a summary of recent OSHA and state OSHA significant citations. These are citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 and that were announced during the past week.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources. Reports from states, such as California, Oregon and Wyoming, in which the state has responsibility for workplace safety enforcement are also included.

AmeriGas Propane (Conroe, Texas) Cited For Safety Hazards ($105,000)

OSHA has cited AmeriGas Propane L.P. with 21 serious violations following a November 2012 fire that required three workers to be hospitalized and four workers to be treated and released. The Conroe plant inspection was expanded to include the national emphasis program on Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities. Proposed penalties total $105,000.

The serious violations cited under the process safety management standard included:
  • failing to compile process safety information for safety systems, such as emergency shutdowns
  • failing to ensure equipment complies with recognized and good engineering practices, such as relief systems
  • failing to address various elements of a process safety hazards analysis, including the use of a methodology appropriate to the complexity of the process, human factors, facility siting and addressing action items or recommendations in a timely manner
  • failing to inspect and test equipment, including vessels and piping and identify safeguards
  • failing to perform the lockout/tagout of equipment and processes and provide training for employees in the use of lockout/tagout.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
OSHA's standards contain specific requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using dangerous chemicals. Additional information is available online at:

The citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AmeriGasPropaneInc_735302_0426_13.pdf http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AmeriGasPropaneInc_723281_0426_13.pdf

AmeriGas is a supplier of propane throughout the United States and employs more than 8,000 people. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA Houston North area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Significant Citations - Collis Roofing
OSHA Significant Citation - Week Ending April 29th
OSHA Significant Citations - Week Ending April 20th

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