Anheuser-Busch cited for safety violations at Columbus factory

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced citations of Anheuser-Busch for two repeat and eight serious safety violations following a February inspection of its Columbus brewery’s ammonia refrigeration system, according to an OSHA release.

Proposed penalties against the company, which makes Budweiser and Bud Light beers and other beverages total $92,400.

The violations were cited under OSHA’s Process Safety Management Standards, which contain specific requirements for managing highly hazardous chemicals in work processes. One such chemical is anhydrous ammonia, widely used as a refrigerant in industrial facilities, including breweries. Ammonia can be a health hazard because it is corrosive to the skin, eyes and lungs, in addition to being flammable.

“Anheuser Busch has a responsibility to ensure the safe operation of its refrigeration systems by implementing an engineering process for the detection and control of potential ammonia systems releases,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s…

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