CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal inspectors on Monday cited DuPont Co. with multiple workplace safety violations related to the January leak of phosgene that killed a worker at the company's Belle plant.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued six serious violations and five other violations. OSHA fined DuPont $43,000.
Among other allegations, OSHA inspectors said DuPont had not completed a thorough analysis of the potential hazards of the phosgene unit where worker Danny Fish was sprayed with poison gas on Jan. 23.
David Michael, assistant labor secretary for OSHA, said there is no excuse for any company -- let alone one as big as DuPont -- not to have a more "robust worker safety and health program" that includes such hazard reviews.
"Facilities like the Belle plant need active safety and health programs," Michaels said in an interview. "We thought these was very serious. [The violations] obviously led to the death of this worker."
OSHA and various other agencies have focused on the Belle facility for more than six months, after a series of incidents that included a leak of toxic and flammable methyl chloride that went undetected for nearly a week. In the worst of those incidents, Fish, a 32-year-plant veteran, was sprayed with phosgene, a chemical building block used as a poison-gas weapon during World War I.