Westlake Chemicals faces US$139,427 in proposed penalties by US Dept. of Labor following investigation into a flash fire, explosion that injured six workers at facility in Sulphur, Louisiana

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WASHINGTON , March 25, 2022 (press release) –



 Westlake Chemical Lake Charles South, Westlake, Louisiana

Wastewater Specialties LLC, Sulphur, Louisiana

Turn2 Specialty Companies LLC, La Porte, Texas

Leak Sealers Inc., Lumberton, Texas


Citations issued:        

Turn2 Specialty Companies LLC

Four serious violations with proposed penalties of $58,008

Westlake Chemical Lake Charles South

Three serious violations with proposed penalties of $30,453

Leak Sealers Inc.

Two serious violations with proposed penalties of $26,104

Wastewater Specialties LLC

Two serious violations, with proposed penalties of $24,862

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations with a combined 11 serious violations to four employers for lack of safe work practices; confined space permit violations; confined space training, exposure to airborne concentrations of benzene; struck-by hazards; flash fire and explosions hazards and not performing process equipment inspections.

OSHA initiated an investigation following a flash fire and subsequent explosion that seriously injured six workers Sept. 27, 2021, at Westlake Chemicals in Sulphur, Louisiana. The incident occurred during preventive care and maintenance activities at Westlake Chemicals Sulphur facility.

Proposed penalties: $139,427

Quote: “Employers are responsible for ensuring employees have a safe workplace by having the correct confined space permits and a plan in place to inspect equipment to prevent serious injuries,” said Area Director Roderic Chube in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. “Employers should also make sure that no employee is exposed to an airborne concentration of benzene in excess of the permissible exposure limits.”  

Links to citations: Turn2 Specialty Companies LLC, Westlake Chemical Lake Charles South, Leak Sealers Inc. and Wastewater Specialties LLC

Agency Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Date March 24, 2022
Release Number 22-545-DAL

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