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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Cal/OSHA Fines Renewable Fuel Firms More Than $500,000

Cal/OSHA has fined Realm Catalyst Inc., Rainbow of Hope Foundation, and Strategic Sciences Inc. a total of $540,890 as the result of a violent explosion at the company's Sylmar facility.  The companies are working on alternative fuel technologies using hydrogen.  This was the second explosion at the facility. In June 2010 an explosion killed the son of one of the owners.

A story in the Los Angeles Daily News reports on the accidents and some of the background of the companies involved.  The article reports:

"State industrial safety regulators blamed the explosion on three intertwined companies linked to a suspected New York con artist and a San Fernando Valley attorney whose company's alternative energy experiments killed one son and seriously injured another. Realm Catalyst was owned by Timothy A. Larson, a lawyer based in Mission Hills, and father of Timothy B. Larson who lost an arm and a leg in the explosion last summer."

The Ventura County Star reports that this is the third explosion involving businesses owned by Timothy A. Larson.  They also reported the following on the circumstances that resulted in the citation:

"The citation reports from Cal-OSHA included findings that employers failed to correct hazardous conditions identified in prior explosions and did not ensure ignition sources were eliminated from the work area despite gas manufacturing and storage that 'could reasonably be expected to give rise to explosive environments.' The employers also failed to develop a written communication plan for the use of flammable gasses, failed to protect employees from explosion hazards, and stored oxygen and hydrogen together despite prior knowledge that the pressurized gasses were 'incompatible,' Cal-OSHA says."

You can read one of the original news reports about the 2011 explosion here.

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