OSHA fines Cranston company involved in chemical fire


CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has handed down a fine to a Cranston company after an inspection showed the company violated several safety standards.

The inspection took place a day after a chemical fire broke out at the company. 20 firefighters ended up falling ill, and several went to the hospital.

Emergency crews responded to ProSys Finishing Technologies on Elmwood Avenue on Jan. 29, after an alarm went off.

When firefighters entered the building, the chemical fire started to melt their protective gear and boots. 

The city later said it was working with state and federal organizations to identify all the chemicals stored in the building.

OSHA noted several serious safety violations in its April 17 report. The company was cited for the following:

  • Not having a hazmat emergency response plan
  • Not training employees in that response plan
  • Not establishing a respiration protection plan
  • Not conducting medical evaluations on employees using respirators
  • Not conducting annual fit tests on employees using respirators
  • Not evaluating industrial truck performance every three years
  • Not using written safety labels for chemicals
  • Not using written safety labels for chemicals that would be leaving the workplace
  • Not training employees in hazmat safety plans and labels

The penalties totaled $9,977. The OSHA report said a payment plan was in place for ProSys to pay the penalties.

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