Following a series of inspections by labor and industry officials, a chemical company in Moses Lake faces a hefty fine.
Two Rivers Terminal LLC, which also has locations in Pasco and Umatilla, was fined $192,620 for the violation.
According Labor and industries, the company was hit with 46 serious violations and 17 general health and safety issues.
The company formulates products for agricultural fertilizers, airport pulp and paper companies and water treatment.
According to LI:
“Inspectors (L&I) found 13 confined space entry rule violations due to workers entering the railcar hoppers. Employees were going into the hoppers to break up and dislodge the ammonium nitrate without appropriate safety precautions.”
They also claimed:
“Inspectors also found employees working on sulfur railcars and trucks without fall protection, and failing to ensure that the power supply to hazardous equipment was turned off and locked out so it could not trip. rekindle.”
LI says the company cooperated with them to resolve these allegations, but the safety issues were too big to ignore.
LI also claims that the company had no site-specific safety programs or training program and did not require employees to use a respirator when working with hazardous chemicals, such as ‘requires LI.
The company appealed the citation and fines. LI did not say whether any of the violations occurred at Pasco or Umatilla.