A cold storage facility in Harlingen, Texas (about 30 miles from the Gulf coast) has been hit with $76,500 in fines for exposing workers to anhydrous ammonia leaks. Eight of the fifteen total violations were deemed “serious,” including: failing to inspect and test equipment intended to control and contain ammonia; failing to maintain process equipment in an acceptable working order; and not ensuring that process information is up to date and accurate. The company was also cited for failing to provide emergency eyewash, not having an audiometric testing program, and improper chemical storage. Anhydrous ammonia can cause fatal chemical burns.
Read the full release from OSHA here.