PASCAGOULA, Miss. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Mississippi Phosphates Corp. with 40 safety and health violations following the deaths of two workers in separate incidents at the company’s Pascagoula facilities. The fatalities led to comprehensive inspections by OSHA.
On May 22, an operator attempting to start up a steam turbine in sulfuric acid plant No. 2 was struck by flying metal debris when the turbine housing ruptured due to apparent overpressurization. In a similar incident on June 1, an operator restarting a tripped steam turbine in sulfuric acid plant No. 3 also was killed by flying metal debris when the turbine housing ruptured due to overpressurization.
OSHA has cited the company for three serious safety violations related to the fatalities, including exposing workers to “struck-by” hazards by not protecting them against overpressurization, and failing to maintain and service equipment in accordance with the company’s maintenance program to prevent overpressurization.
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