A facility in Washington state has been fined $1,316,000 for workplace safety and health violations following an explosion at its carbon fiber production plant north of Spokane. Seventeen workers were injured in the oven explosion at the facility last July. A nearly six-month investigation by the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) concluded that the explosion could have been prevented if the company had used required safety interlocks and safeguards to ensure that the curing oven was used safely and as advised in a consulting engineer’s report. L&I cited the employer for 17 willful violations for knowingly and willfully exposing workers to the risk of serious injuries. The investigation also found that the company used defective equipment and didn’t ensure that safe procedures were used when processing flammable materials in the oven. Each violation carries the maximum penalty of $70,000.
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