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A McAllen TX Company Faces $58,000 in Proposed OSHA Fines – Part 3

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
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English: Anti-meth sign (“Stop Meth”) on an anhydrous ammonia (NH₃) tank outside Otley, Marion County, Iowa, USA. – Anhydrous ammonia is a common farm fertilizer which is also a critical ingredient in making methamphetamine. In 2005, the state of Iowa gave out thousands of locks in order to prevent criminals from accessing the tanks. Those tanks are stored at co-ops, and on farm fields across the state, cf. http://thegazette.com/2009/10/06/anhydrous-ammonia-tank-locks-have-flaws/. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A report of an ammonia release at Lineage Logistics LLC in McAllen, Texas, instigated an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in October of 2015. In a news release dated March 15, 2016, the findings of that inspection reveal that Lineage Logistics has been cited for nine alleged serious violations. The proposed penalties associated with the alleged violations total $58,000. Travis Clark, the OSHA Area Director in the Corpus Christi office, said that hazardous chemicals can be released and surrounding communities endangered if employers fail to comply with minimum process safety management (PSM) requirements.

The following is information about alleged serious safety violations Lineage Logistics has been cited for by OSHA:

The analysis of a process hazard did not appropriately reflect the complexity of the process. OSHA alleges that the process hazard analysis (PHA) provided by the employer was inadequate and incomplete and failed to address or identify the need for a manual purge for the event that the mechanical auto-purge instrument failed to operate, which would expose workers to anhydrous ammonia, a potentially lethal gas. The proposed penalty for the alleged serious violation is: $7,000.

OSHA also alleges that Lineage Logistics in McAllen did not correct equipment deficiencies that were outside acceptable limits. More specifically, on or about October 14, 2015, it was observed in the ammonia engine room that the employer failed to ensure the insulation on process piping such as, but not limited to, V4 being repaired and sealed to prevent corrosion and condensation. The proposed penalty for the alleged serious violation is: $7,000.

See Part 1 and Part 2 of this continuing series to learn more about the OSHA safety violations Lineage Logistics of McAllen, Texas, is allegedly not in compliance with.

–Guest Contributor

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