OSHA proposes $87,780 fine for MFG Chemical after poisonous chemicals killed a worker

A MFG Chemical plant is seen in this file photo.
photo A MFG Chemical plant is seen in this file photo.

The federal government has cited MFG Chemical after an overpressurized reactor released poisonous chemicals that injured two workers at Dalton, Ga.-based MFG Chemical, killing one, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

In a news release, OSHA said the worker died after hazardous chemical vapors released from an overpressurized reactor burned his respiratory system. A second employee was treated at a hospital and released. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $87,780.

This isn't the plant's first safety violation. MFG Chemical, which manufactures specialty chemicals for the water treatment, agriculture and paper industries, was cited in July 2014 by OSHA for 17 health and safety violations after the agency was alerted by the media that the plant had released other chemicals at that time.