OSHA cites second Geismar company in September explosion, fire that injured four

From: The Advocate

From: The Advocate

According to David Mitchell of The Advocate:

GONZALES — 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 OSHA’s most severe category of violation. OSHA Area Director Dorinda Folse signed REG’s and Excel’s citations Thursday.

OSHA made the fine and citation against Excel public on Tuesday.

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