Texas chemical fire ends with citations
A chemical company's woes didn't end with the fire that burned its blending plant to the ground. An OSHA investigation into the blaze at the Magnablend, Inc. facility in Waxahachie, Texas found that the plant had inadequate ventilation, which helped flammable vapors accumulate, leading to the fire.
Magnablend, which specializes in the blending and manufacturing of chemicals for industrial and consumer markets, is on the receiving end of seven violations and $45,000 worth of penalties.
The violations are failing to conduct a hazard assessment, install a sufficient ventilation system, train workers in specific hazardous chemical protection procedures, evaluate respiratory inhalation hazards, ensure that the fire sprinkler system was adequate, use electrical equipment in accordance with its labeling, document the classification of hazardous locations for electrical purposes and ensure that electrical equipment was considered safe for the location where it was used.
The company is now operating at a new location in Waxahachie.