Safety violations cited in fatal Texas fertilizer plant explosion
The West fertilizer facility that exploded earlier this year, killing 15 people, was cited by OSHA for 24 violations of worker safety protections and issued a proposed fine of $118,300.
WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) -- The fertilizer facility in Texas
that exploded earlier this year, killing 15 people, was cited
Wednesday by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
for 24 violations of worker safety protections and issued a
proposed fine of $118,300.
In April, a fire at the Adair Grain Inc. facility in the town
of West ignited ammonium nitrate stored there. The resulting
blast left a crater 93 feet by 10 feet.
Adair was cited for serious safety violations by
OSHA for exposing workers to explosion or fire hazards and for
its unsafe handling and storage of ammonium nitrate and
anhydrous ammonia. Before the blast, OSHA inspectors
hadnt been to the fertilizer depot since February
The violations were disclosed by California Democratic Senator
Barbara Boxer today because the government shutdown prevented
the agency from making an announcement. The Labor Department
provided a copy of the complaint to Bloomberg News.
The company can contest the violations and penalties.
The attorneys are reviewing it, said Daniel Keeney,
a spokesman for the company. But they dont believe
these allegations have anything to do with the accident in
Federal inspectors visited the Texas plant after its April
explosion and found violations of safety regulations, including
failing to have appropriate fire extinguishers, poor
respiratory protection, combustible materials stored in bins
that are not fire resistant and the lack of a hazard