Combustible-dust flash fire leads to five companies getting OSHA fines

by on June 21, 2011 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

This will be more ammo for OSHA’s combustible-dust rule: Following a dust-related flash fire, OSHA fined five companies at a Texas gas-processing plant.

One worker was injured Oct. 10 at the Eustace Gas Processing Plant in Eustace, TX, during a dust-vacuuming operation. The explosive dust caught fire and released hydrogen sulfide. OSHA, which is holding hearings on a new combustible-dust rule, sent its compliance officers after the fire and issued citations to five companies:

  • Alvin, TX-based Team Industrial Services, a mechanical and piping systems services company, was cited for numerous confined space violations and faces $49,000 in fines.
  • Tristream East Texas LLC, the owner and operator of the Eustace plant, was cited with seven violations related to failing to plan properly for emergencies. Proposed penalties total $34,300.
  • Two Kilgore, TX-based companies, Benchmark Industrial Services and RHI Co. were cited for failing to protect employees from being struck by a crane’s rotating superstructure.
  • Maybank, TX-based Crane Services Implement was cited with two violations for failing to ensure the crane was level and blocked.

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