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Release Number: 10-459-SEA (10-108)
April 14, 2010
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
Phone: 206-553-7620

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites AmeriCold Logistics LLC
for alleged safety violations at Nampa, Idaho, facility

SEATTLE The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Boise Area Office has cited AmeriCold Logistics LLC for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act related to unsafe working conditions at the company's Nampa, Idaho, facility.

"Many of the alleged violations cited were for deficiencies in AmeriCold Logistics' process safety management, or PSM, program," said Richard S. Terrill, OSHA's regional administrator in Seattle. "When properly implemented, PSM programs help ensure that operations involving hazardous chemicals are performed in a safe manner."

OSHA conducted an inspection under its Chemical Industry National Emphasis Program at the AmeriCold Logistics Nampa facility and found seven alleged serious, four alleged repeat violations and one other-than-serious violation carrying a total of $153,000 in proposed penalties.

The serious violations involve worker exposure to hazards due to: failure to protect ammonia piping from forklift impact; failure to locate discharge pipes in a safe location; failure to implement recommendations from the process hazard team; failure to replace pressure relief valves as recommended; failure to design the PSM covered system; unguarded exposed parts of horizontal shafting and lack of an adequate respirator for employees. Serious citations are issued when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from hazards about which the employer knew or should have known.

The repeat violations include unguarded open sided floors or platforms; a lack of piping and instrument diagrams for equipment in safety information; a lack of written procedures to maintain equipment and of inspection and testing of equipment and wi