Chemical processor fined nearly $200,000 for violating more than 60 safety regulations

October 27, 2022

[United States] A manufacturing company that works with dangerous chemicals in Moses Lake is facing $192,620 in fines for 46 serious and 17 general safety and health violations.

Two Rivers Terminal LLC formulates products for agricultural fertiliser, airports, pulp and paper, and water treatment. In addition to Moses Lake, the company has plants in Pasco and Umatilla, Ore.

Craig Blackwood, assistant director for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health said: “It’s fortunate no one has been seriously injured or killed. The employer has been cooperating with us to fix the hazards, but the number and severity of violations is still alarming.”

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) inspectors found 13 violations relating to confined space entry rules due to workers entering rail car hoppers. The employees were going in the hoppers to breakup and dislodge ammonium nitrate without appropriate safety precautions.

An area is considered a confined space when it’s large enough and arranged so a worker can fully enter it and work, but has limited or restricted entry or exit, and is not designed for someone to be inside continuously. Employees must have special training to enter and work in confined spaces and specific safety regulations must be followed.

Inspectors also found employees working on top of rail cars and sulfur trucks without fall protection and failing to make sure the power supply to dangerous equipment was turned off and locked so it couldn’t turn back on. Energy or power control incidents happen when machinery unexpectedly or accidentally gets power and starts up because the power isn’t shut off and “locked out.”

Additionally, inspectors found Two Rivers Terminal lacked site-specific safety programs, including an effective training program, and wasn’t requiring employees to wear respirators while working with hazardous chemicals where respirators were required.

Two Rivers Terminal has appealed the citation and fines.

 

This is valid as of 27th October 2022.

[United States] A manufacturing company that works with dangerous chemicals in Moses Lake is facing $192,620 in fines for 46 serious and 17 general safety and health violations.
Two Rivers Terminal LLC formulates products for agricultural fertiliser, airports, pulp and paper, and water treatment. In addition to Moses Lake, the company has plants in Pasco and Umatilla, Ore. Craig Blackwood, assistant director for L&I’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health said: “It’s fortunate no one has been seriously injured or killed. The employer has been cooperating with us to fix the hazards, but the number and severity of violations is still alarming.” Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) inspectors found 13 violations relating to confined space entry rules due to workers entering rail car hoppers. The employees were going in the hoppers to breakup and dislodge ammonium nitrate without appropriate safety precautions. An area is considered a confined space when it’s large enough and arranged so a worker can fully enter it and work, but has limited or restricted entry or exit, and is not designed for someone to be inside continuously. Employees must have special training to enter and work in confined spaces and specific safety regulations must be followed. Inspectors also found employees working on top of rail cars and sulfur trucks without fall protection and failing to make sure the power supply to dangerous equipment was turned off and locked so it couldn’t turn back on. Energy or power control incidents happen when machinery unexpectedly or accidentally gets power and starts up because the power isn’t shut off and “locked out.” Additionally, inspectors found Two Rivers Terminal lacked site-specific safety programs, including an effective training program, and wasn’t requiring employees to wear respirators while working with hazardous chemicals where respirators were required. Two Rivers Terminal has appealed the citation and fines.  

This is valid as of 27th October 2022.

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