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Chem safety board reports on 2010 Pennsylvania factory explosion


Many Pennsylvania workers have fallen victim to workplace accidents. State law dictates that any injured employee who sustains an injury in the course of employment must be compensated by workers' compensation insurance held by the employer. Many workers often consult legal professionals familiar with workers' compensation laws in order to obtain full compensation for their injuries.

A new technical analysis was recently conducted to thoroughly investigate a 2010 factory explosion in Pennsylvania. The preliminary analysis revealed that the explosion most likely occurred when the factory's process of decompressing zinc caused an overheating of the material, which then exploded due to the mineral's chemical properties. The factory explosion claimed the lives of two workers and injured one.

Initial investigations by various government departments could not provide a reason for the explosion. OSHA, the department which deals with occupational safety and administration of workplace health issues also conducted an investigation by examining evidence including eyewitness testimony. The thorough investigation was documented in a 50-page report revealing the outcome of years of investigation by authorities. The investigation also found that a distillation column was shut down prematurely and after this column was closed no measures were taken to ensure safety later on.

It was also revealed that an alarm was sounded when the internal temperature of the plant began to rise. However, it was estimated that by the time the alarm sounded, it was too late to take steps to save the workers. So, workers were not given sufficient warning regarding the imminent danger in the distillery. The factory had also not taken other proper precautions to ensure a safe work atmosphere, according to the investigation.

Source: CSB.gov, "CSB releases technical analysis detailing likely causes of 2010 Zinc explosion and fire at the former horse head zinc facility in Monaca, Pennsylvania that killed two operators, injured third", Mar. 11, 2015

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