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Re: E-M:/ Chem Safety Board on Fireworks Plant Explosion



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Enviro-Mich message from "david zaber" <dzaber@gateway.net>
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One must wonder whether this type of accident is related in some way to the
Engler Administration's "hands off" policy on health and safety regulations?


David John Zaber
dzaber@gateway.net

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From: Alex J. Sagady & Associates <ajs@sagady.com>
To: enviro-mich@great-lakes.net <enviro-mich@great-lakes.net>
Date: Monday, December 14, 1998 9:03 PM
Subject: E-M:/ Chem Safety Board on Fireworks Plant Explosion


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>Date: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 15:45:11 -0500 (EST)
>From: info@csb.gov
>To: csbnews@mail.csb.gov
>Subject: [CSBNEWS] Safety Board Broadens
>Investigation of Michigan Fireworks Plant Explosion
>Sender: owner-csbnews@csb.gov
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>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
>report
>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.
>Investigators,
>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
>investigation
>in January, which also involved ATF."
>
>        CSB investigators are also working with the Michigan Department of
>Consumer
>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
>the effects
>of industrial and commercial chemical incidents. Congress modeled it after
the
>National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which investigates aircraft
and
>other
>transportation accidents for the purpose of improving safety.
>
>         Like the NTSB, the CSB is a scientific investigatory organization.
>CSB is
>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.
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>         CSB is currently reviewing or investigating incidents in Arizona,
>Arkansas,
>California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana (3), Maryland,
Michigan
>(2),
>Missouri, New Jersey (2), New York, Ohio (2), Oklahoma, Oregon,
Pennsylvania
>(2),
>South Dakota, Texas and Washington State (3).
>
>        Additional information on the CSB may be found on the World Wide
Web
>at http://www.chemsafety.gov
>
>-30-
>
>The Board reference number on this incident is 99-009-I-MI
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