EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
APPEALS BOARD

Summary of Pacific Resource Recovery – Decision after reconsideration

Employer recycles hazardous waste material. Its employee was killed when vapors in a tanker truck exploded while he was cleaning out the inside of the tank with a power washer and a squeegee from a position atop the tank. Employer was found in serious violation of section 5420(a)(2) for failing to test for flammable vapors inside the tank before introducing an ignition source into the tank; and in serious violation of section 5168(b) for failing to bond the nozzle of the power washer to the tank to protect against static electricity.

Pacific Resource Recovery, 00-1108(Word)
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April 28, 2004