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Region 6 News Release: 11-1106-DAL
Aug. 4, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Todd   Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710   972-850-4709
Email: todd.elizabeth@dol.gov   rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Enterprise Products
Transportation in Freeport, Texas, following worker fatality

FREEPORT, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Freeport-based Enterprise Products Transportation Co. for 29 serious and three other-than-serious violations following a fatality which occurred at the facility's tank wash operation in Freeport.

"Tank washing operations can involve hazardous procedures," said Mark Briggs, director of OSHA's Houston South Area Office. "If OSHA's safety standards had been followed, it is possible this tragedy could have been avoided."

OSHA's Houston South Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection Feb. 9 at the company's facility on South Gulf Boulevard after receiving a report that a worker had been found, unresponsive, inside a tank trailer that was being prepared to be washed. The employee was removed from the tank trailer by a coworker, but later died.

The serious violations include failing to install and maintain fall protection equipment; provide safe access to work platforms; develop energy control procedures and utilize them during maintenance activities; provide the required respiratory protection for employees performing tank wash work; provide training on the use of powered industrial trucks; and ensure that chemicals were safely stored. 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.

Other-than-serious violations include failing to inspect breathing air cylinders and have them tested, and for failing to d