Safety Fines for DuPont Chambers Works

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @ 02:12 PM gHale

There were 11 safety and health violations at DuPont Chambers Works facility in Pennsville Township, NJ, and the company is facing $120,300 in fines, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

After hazardous chemicals leaked out of a tanker truck in May, workers suffered exposure to health risks, OSHA officials said. The facility is in the Deepwater section.

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Dawn M. Hughes, plant manager at Chambers Works, said they are carefully reviewing OSHA’s recommendations and remain committed to working with the Department of Labor.

“We are also committed to meet or exceed the agency’s regulatory requirements, keep our employees safe and operate our facilities at the highest standard of excellence,” she said.

“The chemicals used at the Deepwater plant are corrosive and volatile,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Area Office in Marlton, NJ. “Releasing toxic, reactive or flammable liquid can cause serious injury and death. It’s vital that DuPont recognize these hazards and take the steps necessary to prevent situations like this tanker truck leak.”

Chambers Works manufactures intermediate products for various industries, including the automotive and agricultural industries, and it produces chemicals that go into the production of Kevlar and Nomex, which end up used to make body armor for law enforcement and the military.

Inspectors for OSHA cited the company for eight serious violations, which occurs when there is “substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known,” OSHA said.

In addition to these violations, the company failed to perform an analysis addressing hazards related to the storage and transport of chemicals, OSHA said.

DuPont also did not perform inspections and tests on the equipment used in chemical processes, resulting in two repeat violations, according to the release.

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