US Venture Chemicals fined $63,000 for safety violations

Author: Christie Moffat


HOUSTON (ICIS)--Venture Chemicals faces a $63,000 fine over safety violations, following an investigation into its Seagraves, Texas, chemical plant, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said on Wednesday.

OSHA said the Venture Chemicals facility was accountable for 18 serious violations and nine other-than-serious violations.

The investigation by OSHA found several issues, including a build-up of combustible dust; multiple electrical violations that could have started a fire; and failing to implement a respiratory programme by fit testing, conducting medical evaluations, and training workers to wear respirators.

OSHA also cited the company for not using required protective equipment on two augers, creating the risk of amputation or other serious injury.

The inspection, which commenced in December 2014, was opened after an employee at the facility was fatally caught in a mixer/auger bin.

Louisiana-based Venture Chemicals produces cellulose fibre, along with other drilling fluid additives, lubricants and specialty chemicals.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the OSHA citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.