November 27, 2012

OSHA cites MFG Chemical for 20 safety violations

Proposes $77,000 in fines

From Staff Reports
The Daily Citizen

— The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Dalton-based MFG Chemical Inc. for 20 safety violations and has proposed $77,000 in penalties after an investigation into a plant explosion in May.

The explosion led to the hospitalization of about 40 employees of other companies working in the surrounding area for decontamination.

The explosion was caused by a runaway reaction from an overheated reactor. During the production of coagulant 129, a compound used in water treatment, an increase in temperature caused the reactor to overpressurize, rupturing the dome cover and blowing a hole in the roof of the facility. In response to the incident, OSHA conducted an inspection under the agency’s national emphasis program on process safety management for covered chemical facilities.

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