Williams Olefins contests OSHA rulings stemming from Geismar plant blast
23 January 2014
Williams Olefins is contesting six workplace safety violations and $99,000 in civil penalties federal regulators proposed last month for a fatal explosion June 13 at the company's Ascension Parish plant.
The blast at Williams' Geismar ethylene and propylene facility killed two and injured 114 after a flammable vapour cloud ignited from ruptured equipment in the company's propylene fractionation unit, causing a massive fireball.
The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the company for six process safety management standard violations, including one wilful violation - one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with indifference to worker safety.
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