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OSHA Fines American Crystal Sugar for Dangerous Build Up of Combustible Sugar Dust

Imperial Sugar plant where 14 workers were killed in a sugar dust explosion in 2008. U.S. Chemical Safety Board photo.

In October, American Crystal Sugar Co.—which has locked out its highly trained 1,300 member workforce since August 2011—has been assessed nearly $50,000 in fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for widespread, “high gravity” and “serious” safety violations, including accumulation of combustible dust and failure to lock out equipment during maintenance and repair.

High levels of dangerous and combustible sugar dust was cited in the 2008 Imperial Sugar explosion that killed 14 workers at its Port Wentworth, Ga., refinery.  

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