by , on October 31, 2013

West Fertilizer Co. faces OSHA  fines totaling $118,300 for dozens of serious safety violations. The company’s West, TX plant exploded in April 2013, killing 15 people.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) report violations at the plant including:

  • unsafe handling and storage of anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate
  • inadequately labeled storage tanks
  • failure to pressure-test replacement hoses
  • lack of respiratory protection or appropriate fire extinguishers

The company reports to have it’s lawyers are reviewing the citations and proposed fines.

Conversely, reports indicate that it had been almost 30 years since OSHA had completed an inspection of the facility.

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