Serious OSHA safety violations at Sparks explosion site

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Updated: 4/25/2014 5:17 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (KRNV & – The site of Friday's explosion at Sierra Chemical Company in Sparks received 12 health and safety violations from the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, in the past five years.

Allegations were made against the company and a referral inspection was conducted, according to OSHA.

The most recent spate of 10 violations was recorded seven months ago in September 2013. Five of the violations were considered serious.
OSHA found the company did not meet one of the highest levels of standards for health and safety: the general duty clause; which mandates every employer provide employees a workplace free of known hazards that are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.

The OSHA inspection report with detailed citations cannot be made available immediately, but the summary report cites other serious safety violations including: proper guarding of floor, wall openings, and holes with a standard rail, and secure storage of materials that will not slide or collapse.

Sierra Chemical was also cited for two health standard violations in process safety management of highly hazardous materials including: correcting equipment deficiencies, and documenting equipment that complies with good engineering practices.

Since these reports were filed with OSHA Sierra Chemical Company corrected the violations and paid the fines in what is called an informal settlement in December, according to an OSHA supervisor.

OSHA is currently investigating today's incident to determine if there were any other violations.

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