Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reached a settlement with Imperial Sugar for safety lapses at two Imperial Sugar plants. At one plant, in 2008, the safety violations caused a sugar-dust explosion which killed 14 workers. OSHA had previously warned Imperial Sugar about allowing sugar dust to build up in its plants.
The accumulated sugar, which is combustible, in Imperial Sugar’s 92-year-old plant exploded like gunpowder on February 7, 2008. The federal Chemical Safety Board said the explosion was “entirely preventable”. Imperial Sugar failed to admit liability in settling OSHA’s complaint against it.
Another 18 of the workers injured or killed and their families have settled lawsuits they filed against Imperial Sugar.
Thousands of Americans are killed every year as result of preventable workplace “accidents”. Employers must do more to protect their workers. And, of course, people and safety must be placed above profits.
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