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Worker death means prison for former company president

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A former Port Arthur chemical company president has pleaded guilty to occupational safety crimes in federal court. The former head of Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services admitted to violating the Occupational Safety and Health Act by allowing a driver to haul a load so toxic it killed him.

Joey Sutter died in 2008 while transporting a shipment of waste water containing hydrogen sulfide.

Only 84 criminal cases have been prosecuted under the act since it was passed in 1970. Most OSHA cases are civil matters.

The former president faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

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