June blast at Geismar facility claimed two lives and injured 80
The Williams Olefins company has been cited for six safety standard violations, one of them willful, in connection with a June explosion at the company's facility in Geismar that claimed two lives and injured 80 persons.
The citations have been issued by the Occupational Saftey and Health Administration.
Dorinda Folse, OSHA's area director in Baton Rouge, says the company violated safety and health standards which could have protected employees from hazardous chemicals.
"It is the employer's responsibility to find and fix workplace safety violations and to ensure the safety of its workers," Folse said. "Failing to do so cost two workers their lives."
The willful violation is related to the company's alleged failure to develop clear, written procedures for how to change and put pressure vessels into service.
The Geismar facilty employs about 127 workers and specializes in the production of natural gas, ethylene and propylene.
OSHA has proposed fines totaling $99,000. The company has 15 business days to contest the findings.