OSHA Expert Witnesses & Adair Grain Explosion

OSHA expert witnesses may consult on OSHA’s policies and standards, accident investigation and causation analysis, and hazard identification. In the news, OSHA cited Adair Grain on October 9, 2013, for unsafe storage and handling of fertilizer which resulted in an explosion killing fifteen people. The blowup left a crater nearly 100 feet wide when ammonium nitrate and anhydrous ammonia exploded at the Texas facility. OSHA inspectors had not visited the fertilizer storage site since February 1985.

From the OSHA website:

On August 1, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order to improve the safety and security of chemical facilities and reduce the risks of hazardous chemicals to workers and communities. Incidents such as the devastating explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas in April are tragic reminders that the handling and storage of chemicals present serious risks that must be addressed. The Executive Order directs Federal agencies to work with stakeholders to improve chemical safety and security through agency programs, private sector initiatives, Federal guidance, standards, and regulations.

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