Explosion at Sidney, Ohio Plant Leads to 21 Safety Citations
After an explosion that injured three workers, IVEX Protective Packaging Inc. was hit with 21 safety violations and $128,700 in fines. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the safety violation citations and proposed the fines. According to an OSHA regional news release, in addition to injuring the three employees, the January explosion did significant property damage to IVEX Protective’s Sidney, Ohio polyethylene foam product manufacturing facility.
The cause of the explosion was isobutene gas entering exhaust ductwork associated with the foam extrusion manufacturing process. Once the gas had entered, it was ignited by the regenerative thermal oxidizer, which resulted in the explosion.
Seventeen of the 21 safety violations were related to OSHA’s standards for process safety management of highly hazardous chemicals. All of the violations were serious violations and each was found when OSHA inspected the facility after the explosion. OSHA categorizes a violation as serious if there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
“By disregarding OSHA’s standards for developing safety procedures and training workers on the consequence of a lack of engineering controls or deviation from operating limits, this employer endangered its workers,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA area director in Toledo. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially those exposed to hazardous materials, and educating employers about safety and health regulations.”
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