It’s impossible to know at this point whether unsafe workplace conditions were a direct cause of this disaster, but we do know that it was cited for failing to obtain or qualify for a permit in 2006 after a complaint of a strong ammonia smell, a smell that was reported to be “very bad last night.” The plant hasn’t been inspected in the past five years, and in fact only six Texas fertilizer plants were inspected in that time. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is chronically understaffed, which means that a given plant like West Fertilizer can only expect to get a state inspection once every 67 years on average.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
But that costs a negligible amount of money! We've got countries to occupy!
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grover noquist wins. HUZZAH!
civilzation is dying.
well, when you remove or neuter workplace safety regulations. when you treat people as replaceable. when you circumvent regulations and then defund the institutions that are to regulate and inspect... all in the name of a dollar...
and then you have stuff like schools and nursing homes and housing near a place that does those things and they just happen to be explosive...
then you curtail training in emergency response by lying about whatcha are doin...
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