Didion Milling appeals OSHA $1.8M fines

Didion Milling appeals OSHA $1.8M fines

Officials from Didion Mills Inc. are appealing the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal of more than $1.8 million in fines following a fatal May 31 explosion .

Didion Mills will go to an Independent Occupational Safety Review Committee, according to company officials.

The explosion at the plant killed five people and injured 12 others, including a 21-year-old employee who suffered a double-leg amputation after being crushed by a railcar.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed $1,837,861 in fines against Didion Milling, saying an accumulation of highly combustible grain dust likely caused the explosion.

OSHA found that the explosion was likely caused by Didion’s failure to correct the leakage and accumulation of highly combustible grain dust throughout the facility and to properly maintain equipment to control ignition sources, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor Friday.

Didion Milling officials gave an official statement about the appeal:

“Together with our legal counsel, we have elected to move forward in contesting some
citations issued by OSHA. We are working collaboratively with OSHA and the
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission through the appeal process, which
can take up to a year. We are continuing to work with industry experts and other
agencies to determine the cause of the incident.”