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DuPont Labeled a Severe Violator by OSHA

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Jul-2015

OSHA just recently announced that DuPont, well-known chemical giant, has been found to be in violation of numerous regulations, including ones that led to the death of four workers within their La Porte plant last November. It was one of the most deadly and massive gas releases that has occurred in the last 10 years, resulting in a leak of an estimated 23,000 pounds of toxic methyl mercaptan from one of their pesticide units. It also cost four workers their lives, as two were killed from a leak into the building and two others killed when the attempted to rescue them.

OSHA Has Harsh Words for DuPont

While OSHA had already begun an investigation into the plant following the accident last November, they added another $273,000 to the original proposed penalties of $99,000 after assessing the information from the additional inspection that took place in January. The inspection found DuPont to be blatantly violating multiple safety regulations in their massive La Porte plant that contains stores of hazardous toxics. According to reports, the La Porte accident facility had multiple design and safety issues that frequently exposed workers to these toxic fumes, endangering lives long before the tragic November plant accident resulted in four fatalities.

“DuPont promotes itself as having a ‘world-class safety’ culture and even markets its safety expertise to other employers, but these four preventable workplace deaths and the very serious hazards we uncovered at this facility are evidence of a failed safety program,” were the hard words the Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA had for the chemical company. It is clear that OSHA is seeking to take a clear stand against the repeated violations of DuPont.

DuPont Facility Placed in Violator Program

With a facility being placed in the “Severe Violator Enforcement Program,” DuPont has some serious hills to climb in order to revamp their safety protocols and get back on track with putting their workers’ wellbeing first. In the meantime, they will be under the harsh scrutiny of OSHA officials.

Currently, OSHA has several open inspections on multiple DuPont plants and will continue to hold these large companies accountable for workplace safety violations. OSHA is striving to send a strong message to DuPont and similar giants, exposing their broken safety culture and seeking to enforce proper steps to ensure workers aren’t hurt in the future.

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