Reported by SCRN’s Matt Long
A chemical company owes more than $20,000 in fines for an ammonia leak that killed a driver this summer. The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said Wednesday that Tanner Industries committed seven serious violations at its plant in Swansea, near Columbia. OSHA says the violations led to an ammonia leak in July that killed a woman driving to work.
Investigators say the Pennsylvania-based company did not have proper safety valves or an alarm system in place. OSHA also said employees used an improper hose to transfer the liquid from a truck to a storage tank. The ammonia leaked through a hole in that hose.
Authorities are still investigating why the hose burst. The trucking company involved, Warner Transportation, was also fined for its role.