Enbridge G&P (North Texas) L.P. is facing $41,250 in fines for eight serious safety violations, including five for Process Safety Management (PSM) involving the unexpected releases of toxic, reactive or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals at its Springtown, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA began investigating the natural gas processing facility in October.
“Chemical facilities can be very hazardous, and deficiencies like the ones found during this inspection should have been promptly corrected when identified,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth. “Employers must provide a safe and healthful working environment for their workers.”
Violations cited by OSHA include:
• Not ensuring the prompt corrections after 2011 PSM audit findings
• Not performing inspections and tests on controls designated as safeguards
• Not ensuring written procedures ended up established and implemented for block/stop valves of pressure relief devices
• Not ensuring pressure relief valve stacks complied with American Petroleum Institute standards
• Not properly storing and securing unused cylinders to prevent employees from being struck
• Not guarding an open-sided platform guardrail system to prevent workers from falling to a lower level
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.