Air Liquide Large Industries US LP is facing $77,000 in fines for two safety violations at its Corpus Christi, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA initiated the Jan. 27 inspection after following a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the company’s Corpus Christi facility.
The agency cited Air Liquide Large Industries US LP for one willful and one serious violation.
The willful citation was for failing to perform air monitoring to assess employee exposure to carbon monoxide gas.
The serious citation was for failing to protect workers from a potentially hazardous atmosphere created by inadequately maintained valves found leaking within the pressure swing adsorption skid.
“Air Liquide is a large, multinational organization with vast holdings but it chooses to ignore simple processes to keep its employees safe,” said Travis Clark, OSHA’s area director in the Corpus Christi office. “Carbon monoxide can be deadly if it is not controlled and monitored closely.”
Paris-based Air Liquide has more than 50,000 employees in 80 countries and is the largest supplier of industrial gases by revenues worldwide.