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Washington State aerospace company faces large fine after explosion

30 June 2017

The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (WDLI) has fined Zodiac Cabin & Structures Support LLC a total of $500,000 following the discovery of a number of safety and health violations after an explosion injured 17 staff at the company’s Newport plant near Spokane in July 2015. This was reduced from $1.3 million after an appeal by the company.

The department said an investigation after the explosion found 17 willful violations, one for each worker who was injured and hospitalised, and 21 other serious violations. The company will continue to be listed as a ‘severe violator’, despite having fixed all the serious hazards in the facility. This means the company will be subject to follow-up inspections to determine if safety conditions are compromised in future.

The department found that the company used defective equipment and did not ensure safe procedures were used when processing flammable materials in its industrial curing oven, as advised in a consulting engineer’s report, which directly led to the explosion.

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