Big Ox Energy to fight OSHA violations

According to a company statement, Big Ox officials met with OSHA early last week

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. - South Sioux City's controversial Big Ox Energy plant plans to challenge recent citations from federal regulators.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Big Ox officials informed the agency they will forgo an informal meeting aimed at trying to settle issues surrounding safety violations at the plant.

Instead, Big Ox has elected to contest a citation containing nine "serious" violations with penalties totaling $50,000.

In a written statement issued Wednesday night by Big Ox Director of Economic Development Kevin Bradley, Big Ox says it takes the safety and health of its workers and the community very seriously and has worked with OSHA continuously.  Bradley goes onto say the matters identified by OSHA in its recent citations date back to October of 2016 and have long since been resolved.  But since OSHA has six (6) months to issue citations, it’s citations were only recently issued.  

According to Bradley the company met with OSHA early last week, at which time OSHA did not express any concerns that matters identified in its citations were unresolved.  He says there were no current hazards to workers or the public.  Bradley additionally says, there is a short 15 day deadline to either settle or contest citations.  Because there was another set of citations that was delayed due to other pressing matters for OSHA, those other citations were issued late last week after our initial meeting.  Those later citations arose out of inspections during the same period as the first citation.  

Bradley says due to the delayed receipt of all the citations, and the deadline to contest the first citation, we discussed with OSHA, and OSHA agreed, that it would be in everyone’s best interest for the company to contest the first citation, so that the parties would have time to meet and resolve everything at one time.  

While Big Ox is currently meeting or exceeding all OSHA requirements, we are working in good faith with OSHA toward a resolution that would include actions that exceed legal requirements.  However, the matters identified in the citations were resolved long ago, according to Bradley's statement. 

 

 

 

 

 


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