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4:58 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

OSHA Cites East Providence Wood Pellet Company For Explosion

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an East Providence company for serious workplace safety violations. It's the result of an investigation into an explosion that happened last August.

Back in August, wood dust caught fire and caused an explosion at Inferno Wood Pellet in East Providence. The fire spread through the building, injuring a worker and destroying part of the building.

 

OSHA said a lack of safeguards allowed the fire to spread, causing a chain reaction throughout the plant. An investigation also found employees were exposed to wood dust, that parts of the operation lacked spark detection and explosion suppression devices, and that an opening allowed a fire ball to enter a room full of wood chips and spread.

 

OSHA has cited Inferno Wood Pellets for eleven serious violations of workplace safety standards and has proposed a fine of a little more than $43,000. The company has 15 days to either comply or contest the findings.