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Monday, October 14, 2013

West Fertilizer Cited - $118,300 In Proposed Fines

OSHA Significant Citations

This is a summary of the OSHA and state OSHA significant citations announced in the past week. These are citations that have proposed total fines that exceed $100,000.

West Fertilizer Co. Cited For 24 Health and Safety Violations ($118,300)

In April explosion at a fertilizer plant in Texas killed 15 people and leveled parts of West, Texas. Last Thursday Senator Barbara Boxer of California held a conference call with reporters to announce the OSHA citations and fines. You can read about it in the Houston Chronicle (click here) which reports that:

"OSHA is penalizing the Adair Grain, Inc., parent of the West Fertilizer Co., with 24 serious violations after the explosion exposed workers to ammonium nitrate chemical burns and inhalation hazards and destroyed hundreds of homes in the area."

Various news reports list different violations. They include:
  • unsafe handling and storage of anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate
  • improper flooring in chemical storage and handling areas
  • failure to train and license forklift operators
  • not having appropriate fire extinguishers on hand
  • not having an emergency response plan in place

The explosion killed 15 people, injured 200, and leveled the plant. No plans for rebuilding the plant have been announced.

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