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E-M:/ Chem Safety Board on Fireworks Plant Explosion
- Subject: E-M:/ Chem Safety Board on Fireworks Plant Explosion
- From: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 20:36:40 -0500 (EST)
- List-Name: Enviro-Mich
- Reply-To: "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Enviro-Mich message from "Alex J. Sagady & Associates" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 15:45:11 -0500 (EST)
Subject: [CSBNEWS] Safety Board Broadens
Investigation of Michigan Fireworks Plant Explosion
The following is from the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board:
(WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dec. 14, 1998) Based on its preliminary
on-scene review of an explosion and fire at a Michigan fireworks factory,
the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) has
launched a comprehensive investigation that will result in a full, printed
on the December 11th incident. The incident at the Independence Professional
Fireworks Co. in Osseo, Mich. left seven workers missing and presumed dead.
Friday's blast destroyed the building in which the victims were working,
scattered debris over a wide area and was felt more than twenty miles away.
The preliminary investigation suggests that there are significant technical
issues to be examined and lessons to be learned from the incident.
however, are not at a point where any conclusion can be drawn about the cause
or causes of the deadly explosion.
Investigators are continuing to interview witnesses and others who can
shed some light on procedures the workers were following at the time of the
explosion. The investigation will also attempt to determine if there were any
recent changes in procedures and on how procedural changes were managed.
CSB Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Paul L. Hill, Jr. praised
the professionalism and cooperation CSB investigators have received
from agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). "ATF
agents, in conducting their enforcement investigation, have provided
tremendous help to CSB investigators," Dr. Hill said. "This is exactly the
same positive relationship we experienced at the scene of our first
in January, which also involved ATF."
CSB investigators are also working with the Michigan Department of
and Industry Services, Bureau of Safety and Regulation (MIOSHA), Michigan State
Police, local law enforcement officials, the company, and others.
The Chemical Safety Board is an independent federal agency charged with
ensuring the safety of workers and the public by preventing or minimizing
of industrial and commercial chemical incidents. Congress modeled it after the
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates aircraft and
transportation accidents for the purpose of improving safety.
Like the NTSB, the CSB is a scientific investigatory organization.
responsible for finding ways to prevent or minimize the effects of chemical
accidents at industrial facilities and in transport; the Board is not an
enforcement or regulatory body.
CSB is currently reviewing or investigating incidents in Arizona,
California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana (3), Maryland, Michigan
Missouri, New Jersey (2), New York, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania
South Dakota, Texas and Washington State (3).
Additional information on the CSB may be found on the World Wide Web
The Board reference number on this incident is 99-009-I-MI
Visit us on the World Wide Web at http://chemsafety.gov
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