LIONVILLE, Pa. (July 17)—West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. settled a safety citation issued July 16 by the North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division regarding the Jan. 29 explosion and fire at West's Kinston, N.C., production facility. West cooperated fully with the agency's investigation and is "very disappointed that any citations were issued," Donald E. Morel, West chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "West vigorously disagrees with its allegations of non-compliance with certain NCOSHA requirements and we firmly believe that we would prevail if we contested the citation," Morel added. In the best interests of all concerned, West decided to resolve the issues, continue its cooperative relationship with the agency and move forward with re-establishing production in Kinston. The company also is donating $300,000 to assist local organizations which provided assistance to West and its employees in the aftermath of the Jan. 29 incident, Morel said. West will occupy a new manufacturing plant in Kinston by the end of 2003 and re-establish compression molding operations in 2004. Six company workers were killed in the January explosion, with many more injured.
West Pharmaceutical reaches settlement on citation with North Carolina OSH division
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