Big Jim Company sponsored a picnic for employeesand purchased a propane grill equipped with a standard-sized propane tank forthe picnic
Big Jim Company sponsored a picnic for employeesand purchased a propane grill equipped with a standard-sized propane tank forthe picnic. To make sure there was enough propane for all the cooking that wasto be done at the picnic, the employer also purchased a larger propane tank toreplace the smaller propane tank that came with the grill. Though the largerpropane tank contained a label warning that it should not be used with grillsdesigned for smaller tanks, the employer was able to connect the larger tank tothe grill. When the grill was turned on, two employees who had volunteered todo the cooking determined that the gas flow was not adequate to cook the meat,so they tried to adjust the larger propane tank and the valve connecting it to thegrill to increase the flow of propane. After those adjustments were made,propane began to leak from the larger tank and caused an explosion whichinjured both of the employees who had volunteered to do the cooking.Did the employer violate any of the duties imposed on it by OSHA? If not, whynot. If so, what duties were violated?