The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed fines totaling more than $1.8 million dollars in fines against Didion Milling, following the May 31st explosion.
The incident left five workers dead and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double leg amputation after being crushed by a railcar.
In a statement released Friday, OSHA reveals it found that the explosion was likely a result of Didion’s failures to correct several serious hazards, including the accumulation of highly combustible grain dust.
OSHA cited Didion’s Cambria facility with 14 willful – including eight willful per-instance egregious– and five serious citations.
Most of those citations involve fire and explosion hazards.
In addition to those citations, the company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
The company now has 15 days to comply with or contest these findings.