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9:34 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

OSHA Cites Geismar Plant For 6 Safety Violations

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed fines of $99,000 against Williams Olefins for a June explosion that killed two workers and injured 80.

OSHA on Wednesday cited the company for six process safety management standard violations, including one willful. OSHA says a willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with indifference to worker safety.

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11:28 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Plant Explosion Preliminary Findings Released

An internal investigation finds the June 13 fire and explosion at the Williams Olefins' Geismar plant was the result of a vapor cloud released after a reboiler ruptured.

The company said in a news release Thursday received by The Advocate that, once the vapor cloud was released, it ignited within seconds from an unknown heat or flame source.

Investigations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board continue. The incident killed two men and injured more than 100 others.

Westlake Vinyls Co.
8:51 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Vinyl chloride maker hit with OSHA fines

A chemical company that makes vinyl chloride has been slapped with fines for safety and health violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on Thursday that it cited the Westlake Vinyls Co. for 10 safety and health violations. The fines total $67,000. The company can contest.

Jack Turner, the acting director for OSHA in Baton Rouge, said Westlake Vinyls "exposed its employees to avoidable workplace hazards that can cause serious injury and possible death."

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OSHA Fine
12:21 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

OSHA cites Eunice plant after blast left one hurt

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Plains Gas Solutions LLC in Eunice following a February explosion and fire that left a worker severely burned.

OSHA Wednesday issued one willful and seven serious violations against the company, which produces liquid natural gas through a cryogenic process. Proposed penalties total $111, 000.

OSHA says cryogenic liquids were improperly routed, as part of a re-starting process, through equipment not rated to withstand extreme cold temperatures. That resulted in the explosion and fire.

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