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Monday, July 08, 2013

OSHA Significanr Citations - Texas Meatpacking Plant Cited

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.

Texas Meatpacking Plant Cited For 25 Safety Violations ($120,000)

OSHA has cited Caviness Beef Packing Ltd. in Hereford, Texas, with 25 safety violations. Proposed penalties total $120,000 for deficiencies in its process safety management program and various workplace hazards.

OSHA's Lubbock District Office initiated an inspection in January under the agency's Process Safety Management (PSM) covered chemical facilities National Emphasis Program (NEP). PSM encompasses a detailed set of requirements and procedures employers must proactively follow to address hazards associated with processes and equipment that use large amounts of hazardous chemicals. In this case, the chemical was anhydrous ammonia in the refrigeration system. The intent of the NEP is to conduct focused inspections at facilities randomly selected from a list of work sites likely to have highly hazardous chemicals in quantities covered by the standard.

OSHA cited Caviness Beef Packing for 23 serious violations, with a penalties of $118,000. The violations involved PSM, electrical, confined space and lockout-tagout of hazardous energy sources, and respirator protection standards. Some of the serious PSM violations include:
  • failing to develop a written plan of action ensuring worker involvement in the PSM program
  • failing to conduct inspections and tests of process equipment, such as compressors and pressure vessels
  • not implementing management-of-change procedures for the replacement of ammonia process equipment
  • not conducting an investigation following the release of ammonia from a leaking shaft seal on a compressor
  • failing to conduct incident investigations within 48 hours following ammonia vapor releases from pipes and valves
  • not providing workers with the appropriate respirator for chlorine and sodium hydroxide releases
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.

Two other-than-serious violations, with a penalty of $2,000, were cited for failing to ensure all workers had access to material safety data sheets for anhydrous ammonia and that they were provided adequate training and information regarding the hazards of anhydrous ammonia. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

The citations can be viewed at:

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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