Houston Chemical Plant Responsible For November Explosions Given Multiple OSHA Citations
Jan 26, 2021
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it cited the TPC Group plant in Port Neches, a chemical plant where a series of explosions and fire caused extensive damage, mass evacuations and injured three workers on November 27, 2019, with three willful violations of safety regulations.
The explosions and fires began after vapor formed at the base of a butadiene finishing tower and ignited. A full investigation into the incident found that the company was negligent because it failed to develop and implement procedures for emergency shutdown and that it did not inspect and test process vessel and piping components.
TPC faces $514,692 in civil OSHA fines. The dramatic blasts occurred throughout the day and were strong enough to blow the windows of homes in the area. Fires burned for hours after the blasts ended. Around 50,000 people in the areas surrounding the plant had to be evacuated in anticipation of further explosions and spreading fire.
Industrial accidents such as this one pose serious risk to the workers and residents near the site. The three TPC Group employees who were hurt in the November explosion likely experienced many unforeseen consequences after the accident.
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