According to David Mitchell of The Advocate:
GONZALES â€” Federal workplace regulators said Tuesday a second company was cited and fined in a Sept. 3 hydrogen gas explosion and fire at the Renewable Energy Group biodiesel plant in Ascension Parish that injured four.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Excel Contractors Inc. $7,000 and found the contractor committed two serious violations of health and safety rules, according to a citation signed Thursday.
Over the weekend, it came to light that OSHA had fined REG, an Iowa-based biofuels producer and owner of the Geismar complex, $70,000 and found the company committed three willful violations in the Sept. 3 fire. A willful violation is OSHAâ€™s most severe category of violation. OSHA Area Director Dorinda Folse signed REGâ€™s and Excelâ€™s citations Thursday.
OSHA made the fine and citation against Excel public on Tuesday.