Gas Release at Coffee Roaster

Monday, May 16, 2016 @ 05:05 PM gHale

Atlantic Coffee Industrial Solutions LLC is facing $63,000 in fines for nine serious violations at its Houston facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators started an inspection Nov. 12 at the Atlantic Coffee facility in Houston after the release of carbon dioxide asphyxiated a 53-year-old shift supervisor.

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OSHA found the employer did not provide proper training to its workers for stopping the release of a hazardous chemical. Additionally, the company did not have the proper procedures in place for stopping releases.

“The uncontrolled release of carbon dioxide is dangerous. If the employer expects its workers to stop the release, it must develop and implement a detailed emergency response plan with specific procedures for stopping the release,” said Mark Briggs, OSHA’s area director in the Houston South office. “Untrained employees can quickly find themselves in a chaotic situation not knowing what to do and suffering serious or sometimes deadly injury.”

Atlantic Coffee Industrial Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of ECOM Atlantic Inc., an affiliate of Ecom Agroindustrial Corp., the world’s top coffee merchant. It is also one of the world’s largest coffee millers, and among the top five merchants in cotton and cocoa.

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