A grain plant in Adrian, Missouri, is accused of failing to address potential dust ignition sources, a safety issue identified by the Swedish Work Environment Authority led to an explosion that seriously injured an employee, according to an announcement on Tuesday.  As a result of the 2020 explosion, OSHA MFA Enterprises Inc. – which operates West Central Agri Services – was cited for an intentional and six serious security breach after OSHA found that the company failed to equip bucket lifts with monitoring devices that alert workers when wearing a belt slips and can cause friction that can ignite grain dust.
OSHA standards require these devices to be located in grain handling facilities with a storage capacity of over one million shrubs, and the agency said the company had not updated its dust collection system since installation in 1
In addition, OSHA found that the company exposed workers to falls by to knowingly allow m to walk on top of railway carriages to open and close doors without fall protection, among other alleged violations.
Efforts to contact the company for comment were unsuccessful.