The blast killed six workers and injured 38 others, including two firefighters. The Kinston facility manufactured rubber drug-delivery components for such items as syringe plungers, septums and vial seals.
CSB determined that the fuel for the explosion was accumulated polyethylene dust above a suspended ceiling. Because of the extent of damage to the Kinston facility, it was not possible to definitively determine the event that dispersed the dust or what ignited it.
CSB determined the following root causes of the January 29 incident:
CSB has made substantive recommendations to West Pharmaceutical Services Inc., to: