Flash-over fire severely burns three workers

by on October 18, 2012 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Global Pyrotechnic Solutions (Dittmer, MO) faces $116,900 in penalties after OSHA investigated a flash-over fire at the fireworks plant that burned three workers.

Two workers were treated for serious burns and released at a local hospital; a third survived, but spent 20 days in a burn unit recuperating from third-degree burns. The flash-over fire occurred while workers were handling raw flammable materials, and was reportedly extinguished quickly. It’s not known what ignited the fire.

OSHA investigated the incident and cited the company for 25 serious violations, including:

  • improper handling of explosives
  • improper storage of flammable liquids
  • lack of ventilation in rooms where explosive liquids are used
  • failure to address process-safety hazards and provide engineering controls
  • not training workers on emergency shutdown procedures
  • not implementing an effective lockout/tagout program to control hazardous energy
  • failure to guard machines, and
  • not repairing electrical deficiencies.

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