Houston Plant Gets Hit With $1.4 Million Fine
The website for CES Environmental Services Inc., a waste treatment and disposal outfit located in Houston, states that the company "will, at all times, use a proactive approach towards health, safety and environmental issues towards our employees and clients work environment."
Well, maybe not "at all times."
On Monday, the feds announced that the company is being fined more than $1.4 million for alleged safety violations related to a July explosion that killed one employee.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a worker was cleaning a tank when a piece of equipment set fire to some vapors, sparking an explosion. The man reportedly died from a combination of severe burns and injuries to his head.
OSHA says that it has issued a total of 71 violations to the company, alleging, among many things, that numerous pieces of electrical equipment were unsafe to operate in the tank, that CES Environmental Services failed to ventilate the tanks, exposing workers to toxins, and that the company stored flammable and reactive chemicals together, creating potential for an explosion.
This was the third death in less than a year at facilities owned by the company, says OSHA, the other two occurring at Port Arthur plants in December 2008 and April 2009.
Get the This Week's Top Stories Newsletter
Every week we collect the latest news, music and arts stories — along with film and food reviews and the best things to do this week — so that you’ll never miss Houston Press' biggest stories.
- Inside Andy Kahan's Duffle Bag of Murderabilia
Fri., Feb. 19, 6:00pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 6:30pm
Fri., Feb. 19, 8:00pm
Sat., Feb. 20, 1:00pm
- Man Charged With Gunning Down Sheriff's Deputy Ruled Incompetent to Stand Trial
- Trial Under Way for Man Charged in Connection With Animal Crush Videos (Warning:...