OSHA proposes $63,500 in fines for MillerCoors

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Federal regulators have proposed fining MillerCoors $63,500 over the release of more than 2,000 pounds of ammonia at a Colorado brewery.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Thursday it cited MillerCoors with 10 alleged serious violations over the accident in Golden in July.

OSHA says two employees who were working on the anhydrous ammonia system “narrowly escaped” serious injury when the release of happened during maintenance.

MillerCoors says it takes safety seriously and that it cooperated with OSHA during its investigation. It says it plans to immediately address OSHA’s findings.

Ammonia is used as a refrigerant. Exposure to the vapors can burn the tissues of the eyes and throat and cause breathing difficulty.

– Associated Press