16 March 1998 00:00 [Source: ICB Americas]Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties totaling $250,500 against a Chicago-based chemical manufacturer for violations stemming from a release of sulfur trioxide that led to the evacuation of hundreds of residents and school children.
Chicago Specialties Inc. was cited by OSHA for three alleged willful and 17 alleged serious safety and health violations following the accidental release on August 4, 1997. The release produced a cloud of sulfuric acid that forced the evacuation of a three-square mile area on Chicago's south side.
"This employer's failure to observe OSHA requirements for the safe handling of hazardous chemicals endangered not only the workers, but also residents and school children in a nearby residential area," says OSHA administrator Charles N. Jeffress. "Stiff penalties are warranted in such a case."
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