Chem Company Faces Safety Fines

Monday, September 24, 2012 @ 04:09 PM gHale

A chemical company that makes vinyl chloride is facing fines of $67,000 for safety and health violations.

Westlake Vinyls Co. for is facing 10 safety and health violations, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

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Jack Turner, the acting director for OSHA in Baton Rouge, said Westlake Vinyls “exposed its employees to avoidable workplace hazards that can cause serious injury and possible death.”

The violations involve, among other problems, safety issues with piping and instrument diagrams, emergency shutdown procedures and pressure-relieving devices.

The company produces vinyl chloride monomer and polyvinyl chloride. There are about 140 workers at the Geismar, LA-based plant.

In March the facility suffered damage from an explosion and fire. No one suffered an injury.



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