Weatherford, TX-based Legend Directional Services LLC is facing $28,455 in fines for improper storage of compressed gases after an employee suffered fatal injuries in an explosion at the Harpersville Reinforcement Project in Harpersville, Alabama, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA investigators found flammable welding gases stored in an unventilated storage container exploded when the employee opened the container door.
The company is facing four serious citations.
OSHA cited the drilling company for storing compressed welding gas cylinders and liquefied petroleum tanks in an unventilated container, failing to store acetylene and oxygen cylinders separately, and failing to train employees on hazards associated with flammable chemicals.
The fine for Legend Directional Services is the maximum allowed for the fatality-related citation.
“Employers who use hazardous chemicals in their workplaces are required to train employees on chemical safety data sheets and labels, and incorporate safety controls to protect employees from those hazards,” said OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director Ramona Morris. “This tragedy could have been avoided if the employer had followed required procedures for storing dangerous gases.”