West Virginia chemical plant cited for 18 violations after fatal blast

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently cited a West Virginia chemical plant for 18 violations following a blast that killed two workers. This explosion was the third for the plant in the past 15 years.

The explosion occurred on December 9 and is thought to have been caused by flammable chemicals and an unsafe water sprinkler. The OSHA cited a willful violation to the plant, saying that it knew the sprinkler was unsafe but chose to use it anyway. Other violations included not keeping a record of worker injuries and for not providing over-pressure protections or a hydrogen gas detection system.

The plant has been fined $154,000 for the 18 violations.

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed while working at a manufacturing plant, please contact the Des Moines manufacturing accident attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., at 877-327-2600.


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