Company to Contest Citations from OSHA for Omaha Plant Collapse


International Nutrition Inc. says it will contest citations issued by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration over the January collapse of an Omaha plant that killed two employees and injured several others.

The livestock feed supplement manufacturer has notified OSHA of their intentions to contest the citations and penalties. The case now will go to an administrative law judge for a hearing and to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Their decisions may be appealed to a federal appeals court.

OSHA cited International Nutrition for 13 violations of safety and health rules and proposed nearly $121,000 in penalties.

Federal safety investigators say the overloading of nine storage bins on the roof of the Omaha plant caused the building collapse on Jan. 20. Investigators found the cause of the collapse stemmed from the structural failure of a truss, after the bins were filled with too much limestone. That led OSHA to issue one willful safety citation.

The agency also issued a repeat violation for unsafe practices when using compressed air, in addition to nine other violations considered serious by OSHA.