Two Companies Cited for Death of Worker in Fire at Gas Processing Plant

Houston, PA – 4 workers suffered severe burns and were hospitalized following a fire at a gas processing plant. One employee later succumbed to his injuries.

OSHA has cited Energy Transportation LLC, the company contracted to clean lines and vessels at the plant, and MW Logistics Services LLC, the host employer that operates the natural gas processing plant.

OSHA cited the plant for violations of the process safety management (PSM) standard and exposing employees to flammable vapor and liquid while they off-loaded waste material from a vessel into a mobile tank.

The Agency also cited the company for failing to inspect the facility’s energy control procedures at least annually.

Energy Transportation LLC faces penalties totaling $51,148.  MW Logistics Services LLC faces $47,360 in penalties.

“Providing workers with a safe and healthful workplace is required of every employer,” said OSHA Area Director Christopher Robinson, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “This tragedy could have been prevented if the employer had followed safety processes to control the release of gases from highly hazardous chemicals.”

OSHA offers employers compliance assistance resources related to process safety management.