Death of Worker Prompts OSHA to Cite West Virginia Chemical Manufacturer

By: Zack Hendon | Posted on: January 3, 2013 8:56 pm

An employee of a West Virginia based chemical manufacturer, has died while performing work duties in a tragedy that could have been prevented.  Rex Wilcoxen, died in July, after the air line in his sandblasting hood was mistakenly hooked up to a Nitrogen tank rather than a source of breathable air.

OSHA has since cited the manufacturer with twelve serious violations including failing to provide the appropriate training on using hazardous chemicals to its employees.  According to OSHA, “a serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious harm could result from a hazard about which the employer should have known.”

OSHA regulators have proposed $42,700 in fines against the manufacturer.  The company has said in a statement that it is working with OSHA to address their safety concerns.

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