A paint manufacturer in Columbus, Ohio, faces a $ 709,960 fine issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the agency's investigation into an April explosion that killed a worker and took him to hospital.
OSHA in a statement published on Thursday said that the incident in Yenkin-Majestic Paint Corp. "could have been prevented if the employer had not changed a kettle reactor vessel incorrectly and then returned the vessel for service after it failed after the changes."  Investigators determined that the same kettle reactor vessel emitted a flammable cloud of steam when its control cap and gasket failed and that the steam flowed throughout the plant, igniting and causing the first explosion.
OSHA cited the paint manufacturer for two intentional and 33 serious safety violations of the agency's process safety management and operations with hazardous waste and emergency response. OSHA also noted violations of the lack of personal protective equipment and training of employees. The agency also placed Yenkin-Majestic in its serious infringement program.
Company officials could not immediately comment.