OSHA Fines West Fertilizer $118,300 For April Explosion

Cited for 24 violations of occupational health and safety regulations for explosion that killed 15 and injured over 200


During the partial government shutdown last week OSHA was not able to release the results of its investigation of the West Fertilizer Co. fire and explosion in April that killed and injured employees of the facility, as well as first responders and nearby residents as well.

This news might have slipped under the radar completely until Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced that OSHA cited the parent company of West Fertilizer Co. in West, Texas, for 24 violations of occupational health and safety regulations including unsafe handling and storing of chemicals including ammonium nitrate, failure to train and license forklift operators, inadequate relief valves, lack of fire extinguishers, lack of an emergency response plan and failure to pressure test replacement hoses on chemical tanks. To read more, click HERE.

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