OSHA Knocks Texas Fertilizer Plant For Failings Before Blast

Law360, New York (October 10, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration found Wednesday that the company in charge of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas that exploded in April and claimed 15 lives was in “serious” violation of workplace safety standards, and issued the federal government's first enforcement penalties over the incident.

OSHA proposed fines totaling just over $118,000 against Adair Grain Inc., which owns West Fertilizer Co., the operator of the destroyed facility. The 24 violations span from unsafe handling and storage of ammonium nitrate, which fueled the deadly explosion...
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