OSHA cites Agridyne in June 2014 death of 2 workers

PEKIN - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has filed violations against Springfield-based Agridyne LLC after two workers died at the company's Pekin facility in June 2014.

On Wednesday, OSHA officials distributed a news release, stating that Agridyne LLC has been placed into the agency's "Severe Violator Enforcement Program."  OSHA officials say that Agridyne has been given citations for three willful and eight serious safety violations.  The agency is also proposing fines totaling $266,000.

The citations and proposed fines stem from a June 24, 2014 incident, in which a 37-year-old worker and 29-year-old tank inspector died.  OSHA officials say the 37-year-old was overcome by hydrogen sulfide gas while cleaning a rail car.  The 29-year-old attempted to rescue the first worker, but also succumbed to the gas.

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