Tag Archives: Incidents

How to get Willful OSHA Citations & Fines

The incident we are discussing today is from a recent ruling in the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit where they recently denied a petition for review in the case of “DANA CONTAINER, INC. v. SECRETARY OF LABOR.” While this … Continue reading

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Pencil-Whipping can Kill

What is it? Pencil-whipping is when you complete a form, record, or document without having performed the implied work or without supporting data or evidence. Here are some common examples in NH3 refrigeration: Completing “word orders” without conducting the work … Continue reading

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Militarized Incompetence or Unintentional Sabotage

  In 1944, near the end of WW2, the Office of Strategic Services (the forerunner to the CIA) released a field guide called the “Simple Sabotage Field Manual.” The purpose of the suggestions in the manual was “to present suggestions … Continue reading

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APR’s aren’t Magic

When I see people writing “Have a Full-Face APR (Air Purifying Respirator) nearby, within arm’s reach” in their Line/Equipment Opening (aka Line Break) procedures, my blood-pressure shoots through the roof. Yes, I know I am a rather excitable guy by … Continue reading

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When does a Car-Seal program make sense for Industrial Ammonia Refrigeration systems?

First off: What is a Car-Seal program and what does it do?  A Car-Seal program is designed, implemented and managed to ensure that safety-critical valves within the covered process are maintained in their safety-critical position / setting during normal system … Continue reading

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What the Ammonia refrigeration industry can learn from West, TX

Last night I attended the CSB Public Meeting in Waco, TX concerning the 2013 West, TX Ammonia Nitrate explosion. The purpose of the meeting was to release their report on the incident. The explosion resulted in 15 fatalities and 260 … Continue reading

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Shock to the system

The CSB just released a video on the August 23, 2010 Alabama ammonia release. While not perfect, it is a worthwhile video to watch as it might just make you question how you should deal with the type of power-failure issues … Continue reading

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Lessons Shared #2 – “That policy is for other people…”

This post is part of a series on Lessons Shared… This incident is about a common problem in PSM plants: Some people don’t think the rules apply to them. This story is from a friend who works as a refrigeration … Continue reading

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$205,000 fine for dumping 40 pounds of ammonia

Kodiak fish processor North Pacific Seafoods pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to illegally dumping ammonia into the Kodiak city sewer, while the processor’s chief engineer faces charges of his own. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline imposed $205,000 in criminal … Continue reading

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Lessons Shared #1 – “The Graveyards are full of Heroes”

I had to fight back tears the first time I read this NIOSH report. Having lived on a family farm for a short period, it was very easy for me to imagine the reaction of the people involved… A 43-year-old … Continue reading

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