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OSHA Proposes To Fine MillerCoors for Ammonia Leak

OSHA Proposes To Fine MillerCoors for Ammonia Leak
The Department of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States, has recently fined the MillerCoors company with a hefty fine of $63,500 for an ammonia leak that sent two employees to the hospital.

You will be shocked to know that nearly 2,000 pounds of toxic anhydrous ammonia leaked when an ammonia line had ruptured at the Coors Brewing plant on the 12th of July.

The OSHA investigators had found that while two workers were busy working on the faulty ammonia system, an uncontrolled release occurred during the regular maintenance operations. Luckily, these employees escaped with serious injuries. They were then rushed to the Lutheran Hospital, where they were promptly treated.

OSHA’s area office director in Englewood, Mr.John Healy, said that, "Employers must be diligent in ensuring that employees and the public are not unwittingly exposed to serious hazards caused by inadequate maintenance of systems controlling highly hazardous chemicals”. He further went on to say that, “There is no acceptable reason for any employer to require employees to work around such a dangerous chemical without first ensuring they can do so without compromising their safety and health.”

In Toto, MillerCoors has exactly 15 business to comply with or simply contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHR).