VICKSBURG, Miss. (Dec. 2)—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has reduced the size and severity of its citations against Rouse Polymerics International Inc. after a meeting with the company. OSHA changed the two "willful" violations in its original citations to "serious," and cut the total amount of the fine to $187,680 from $210,600. "Getting the 'willful' out of this was very important to us as we try to rebuild our business," said Rouse Polymerics CEO Michael Rouse. The OSHA citations arose from a May 16 explosion and fire at Rouse Polymerics' Vicksburg plant that killed five workers and injured seven others. The company's plans are on track to reopen early in 2003 with a facility to make high-end polymers, Michael Rouse said.
Rouse gets reduction of OSHA citations in May explosion
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