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Monday, September 10, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Fireworks Factory Cited

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending September 8th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA cites Global Pyrotechnic Solutions After Firewoks Factory Explosion ($116,900)

OSHA has cited Global Pyrotechnic Solutions Inc., a fireworks manufacturer in Dittmer, for 25 serious and six other-than-serious safety violations after three workers suffered burns caused by an explosion at the company's facility in March.

The employees were transported to local hospitals, and two were treated for serious burns and released. The third employee, who suffered third-degree burns, was hospitalized for approximately 20 days.

The serious violations relate to hazards associated with:
  • the improper handling of explosives
  • improper storage of flammable liquids
  • a lack of ventilation in rooms where the liquids are used
Several violations related to process safety management - which requires managing hazards associated with highly hazardous chemicals - include:
  • failing to address safety hazards
  • failing to provide engineering controls
  • failing to train workers on emergency shutdown procedures
  • failing to implement an effective lockout/tagout program to control hazardous energy
  • failing to guard machines and repair electrical deficiencies
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The other-than-serious violations involve a lack of explosives warning signs on storage buildings and transport vehicles, using trucks that are not appropriate for transporting explosives, other issues with process safety management and various respirator deficiencies. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

Proposed penalties total $116,900. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/GlobalPyro_279658_0904_12.pdf.

Global Pyrotechnic Solutions Inc. employs 20 workers.

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