VICKSBURG, Miss. (Nov. 19)—Accumulated rubber dust combined with electrical equipment not approved for high-fire-risk areas caused the May 16 explosion and fire at Rouse Polymerics International Inc. that destroyed the facility, killed five workers and injured seven others, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ruled. Finding two willful and 22 serious violations against the company, OSHA has proposed fines totaling $210,600. The company has 15 working days to appeal the decision before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, according to an OSHA news release.
OSHA fines Rouse Polymerics $210,600 for May explosion
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