Muleshoe corn flour mill cited for 33 serious violations before explosion

Muleshoe corn flour mill cited for 33 serious violations before explosion

MULESHOE, TX (KCBD) - Three people were injured after a water tank exploded at the Minsa plant in Muleshoe on Wednesday morning.

Back in January, federal safety inspectors cited the corn flour mill for exposing their 75 workers to explosion and electric shock hazards.

Federal inspectors said, "the accumulation of combustible grain dust requires more than just wiping surfaces to eliminate them. Grain dust accumulation, in the right combination of particle size, air and an ignition source, can expose workers to possible explosions or combustible dust hazards."

Minsa Corporation was cited for 33 serious violations and $151,200 in fines. According to OSHA, a serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The company was also cited because, "internal parts of electrical equipment were contaminated with foreign materials, unused openings in a breaker box were not properly closed and an uncovered junction box exposed workers to live electrical parts."

These violations along with others came after a federal inspection in July of 2014.

That inspection uncovered the violations and resulted in fines issued by the U.S. Department of Labor in January of 2015.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's documents, Minsa Corp. had until February to abate the violations and pay the proposed penalties.

This is not the first time Minsa Corporation has faced violations.

In 2008, federal investigators cited the company with several serious violations.

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