Federal safety officials have cited science-based products company DuPont and a New York contractor for 17 safety violations after the explosion of a 10,000-gallon chemical tank that left one worker dead and injured another.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommended $61,500 in fines for DuPont and $55,440 in fines for contractor Mollenberg-Betz Inc. (WCxKit)
A Mollenberg-Betz welder died last November while attaching a bracket to the storage tank at DuPont's plant in Tonawanda, close to Buffalo.
OSHA cited both companies for not taking steps to prevent welding in an explosive environment.
According to a DuPont spokesman, the Wilmington, Del.-based company is reviewing the findings and will meet with OSHA in the next few days.
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