West Fertilizer cited for 24 violations

Published on: Oct 15, 2013
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have cited Adair Grain, Inc., the parent company of West Fertilizer Co., with 24 violations of the occupational health and safety regulation with penalties totaling $118,300. The announcement was the result of the OSHA investigation of the deadly April 17 West, Texas explosion which killed 15 workers. 

Improperly training workers for the job, unsafe handling and storage of explosive and flammable chemicals, mislabeling of storage tanks and failure to have an emergency response plan was among the violations cited.

On Oct. 10, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee, made the announcement in a press conference.  Due to the government shutdown, the OSHA public affairs staff was unable to announce the action.