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Garden City Plant comes under OSHA's wrath

Garden City Plant comes under OSHA's wrath
The employees of the Garden City Plant were working in conditions that would have had some very "catastrophic consequences". Hence, this resulted in fines mounting up to $48,500.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration stated that the Hi Plains Feed had committed 24 violations of process safety management revolving around its anhydrous ammonia system.

Furthermore, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mr. Charles Adkins, stated that,"Our inspection identified numerous hazards that must be addressed," here then went on to say that, "OSHA's process safety management standard is stringent and comprehensive because a leak could have catastrophic consequences.”

OSHA had begun its investigation in February. During this investigation, they cited some serious violations that included, failure to compile process safety information, lack of employee participation in and training of system operators, failure to evaluate contractor safety performance, lack of written operating procedures for the ammonia process and failure to conduct a pre-startup review after a significant facility modification.

It is important to note that OSHA primarily issues fines when death is likely to result from a hazard about which an employer should have known. Hence,
Hi Plains Feed has be given exactly 15 business days to comply to the fines or contest the findings before the independent OSHA Review Commission.