MA Chemicals Maker Fined after Blast

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 01:08 PM gHale


A Massachusetts chemical manufacturer is facing $129,200 in fines after a January explosion that injured four workers.

Rohm-Haas Electronics Material LLC failed to adequately design, inspect, maintain and operate the chemical process that led to the fire and explosion at the company’s North Andover plant, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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OSHA investigators uncovered 11 workplace safety violations, including the plant stored flammable liquids improperly and failed to empty a waste container of flammable liquids on a daily basis.

Rohm-Haas filed a notice of contest to its citations and penalties.

Philadelphia-based Rohm-Haas is a subsidiary of chemicals company Dow Chemical, headquartered in Midland, MI.