OSHA fines Magnablend $45,000 for violations related to fire

Magnablend fire

Credit: Waxahachie Fire Department

The Waxahachie Fire Department released these photos of the Magnablend chemical plant fire which have never before been seen publicly.

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Posted on March 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM

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WAXAHACHIE - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Magnablend Inc. with seven serious safety and health violations Friday related to the October 2011 fire at the company's blending plant, which burned to the ground.

The penalties total $45,000.

According to a press release, OSHA's Fort Worth office found violations including failing to conduct a hazard assessment, install a sufficient ventilation system, train workers in specific hazardous chemical protection procedures, evaluate respiratory inhalation hazards, ensure that the fire sprinkler system was adequate, use electrical equipment in accordance with its labeling, document the classification of hazardous locations for electrical purposes and ensure that electrical equipment was considered safe for the location where it was used.

The release goes on to explain a serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Magnablend, a company that specializes in blending and manufacturing chemicals for industrial and consumer markets, is now operating at a new location in Waxahachie.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area office or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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