This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

OSHA fines Ferrellgas for Blue Rhino safety violations

07 February 2014

OSHA has imposed fines of $73,000 on Ferrellgas following its investigation into the explosion at the Blue Rhino propane depot in Tavares, Florida, last July. The investigation detailed 26 safety violations, 20 of them serious.

A spark from a forklift truck ignited a cloud of propane behind the plant, causing a blast that was felt a mile away. The resulting inferno sent hundreds of propane cylinders rocketing into the surrounding area. An estimated 85,000 propane tanks were stored on the premises when the fire broke out, including 50,000 ready for shipping.

OSHA said that Blue Rhino exposed employees to fire hazards by allowing them to drain leftover gas from the propane cylinders in the storage yard, and the company failed to properly train workers, many of whom were supplied by a temporary-employment agency.

Customer Driven Staffing, which provided Blue Rhino with most of its hourly workers, also was cited and fined $9,000.

Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page

CSA Sira Test