Safety and OSHA News

CEO, plant manager face jail due to Hurricane Harvey chemical release, fire

Photo: U.S. Chemical Safety Board

A prosecutor notes that while indictments against corporations and their managers for environmental and safety crimes are rare, “those who poison our environment will be prosecuted when the evidence justifies it.” Now two managers face jail time in connection with one of the worst storms in U.S. history.  [Read more…]

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Report: Hot work and maintenance shutdown combined for fatal blast

(Photo: CSB)

In the wake of an explosion that killed three contractors and injured seven more, a U.S. government investigatory agency is calling on OSHA to expand its Process Safety Management regulations – a recommendation that was made after another fatal explosion back in 2001.  [Read more…]

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Old equipment, lack of written procedures led to fire, 4 workers seriously burned

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) says a culture that allowed maintenance to be done without proper instructions and training contributed to a fire that seriously burned four workers at ExxonMobil’s Baton Rouge, LA, refinery.  [Read more…]

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Multiple failures, including by regulators, led to explosion that claimed 15 lives

A preliminary report by a federal investigatory agency says failures by the West Fertilizer Co., federal regulators, insurance carriers, emergency responders and local officials led to the April 17, 2013 explosion that killed 12 responders and 3 members of the public.  [Read more…]

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CSB: Multiple process safety deficiencies led to explosion, near-miss

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board says the Feb. 18, 2015, explosion at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, CA, was caused by “multiple process safety management deficiencies.” The CSB also contends the situation easily could’ve been much worse.  [Read more…]

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DuPont: Safety innovator or severe violator?

Earlier this year, we asked if DuPont’s safety programs had suffered an embarrassing black eye. Following OSHA’s recent action of placing the company into its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), the question is no longer “if,” but “how big?”  [Read more…]

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7 workers burned in flash dust fire; report cites lack of hazard analysis

Poor design of a dust collection system led to a flash fire that burned seven employees – one seriously – at an ink manufacturing plant in New Jersey, according to an investigation. On top of that, the report says the company’s emergency response was also lacking.  [Read more…]

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Investigators issue warnings after finding similarities in recent tank explosions

Citing initial findings from a fatal explosion in July, a federal safety agency has issued a warning to companies with storage tanks.  [Read more…]

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Poor safety culture at root of fatal refinery explosion

The head of a government agency that recently released a draft report on a refinery fire that claimed seven lives said this complex incident can be traced to a root cause: a deficient safety culture. [Read more…]

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Company ignored warnings: 1 dead, facility still shut 4 years later

A government investigation says a synthetic crystal manufacturer ignored warnings by a safety auditor, and that led to an explosion that killed one person and has kept the facility closed for almost four years. [Read more…]

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