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OSHA has fined a waste processing company $207,800 after an investigation prompted by a fatality at the facility.
In April, Charles Sittig was killed at the CES Environmental Services facility in Port Arthur, TX.
Three men have died at CES plants since December 2008.
OSHA cited the company for 34 violations, including a willful citation for failure to establish a rescue team capable of assisting a worker who becomes incapacitated while cleaning out chemicals tanks.
Other citations include raised platforms without railings, poorly maintained ladders and failure to develop decontamination procedures.
The company has 15 days to decide whether to contest the citations.
Two workers died recently at CES’ Houston plant. In December 2008, one worker died in an explosion that sent metal debris into nearby properties. In July 2009, a CES employee died when an explosion and flash fire at the Houston plant knocked him from the top of a mobile tank he was filling with water. OSHA is still investigating that death.