OSHA cites DuPont, contractor in fatal NY blast

AP News
Posted: May 05, 2011 4:54 PM

Federal safety officials have cited science-based products company DuPont and a New York contractor for 17 safety violations following the explosion of a 10,000-gallon chemical tank that killed one worker and injured another.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the citations Thursday. It recommends $61,500 in fines for DuPont and $55,440 in fines for contractor Mollenberg-Betz Inc.

A Mollenberg-Betz welder died last November while attaching a bracket to the storage tank at DuPont's plant in Tonawanda (tahn-uh-WAHN'-duh), near Buffalo.

OSHA cited both companies for not taking steps to prevent welding in an explosive atmosphere.

A DuPont spokesman says the Wilmington, Del.-based company is reviewing the findings and will meet with OSHA in the next few days. Mollenberg-Betz hasn't responded to a telephone request for comment.