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US wood pellet plant cited after explosion

04 March 2014

After an explosion last August and subsequent investigation, a Rhode Island wood pellet plant,  Inferno Wood Pellet, is being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with 11 serious violations of workplace safety standards and has proposed $43,400 in fines.

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On August 20, a worker was injured and the Inferno Wood Pellet building in East Providence was completely demolished after wood dust ignited and caused an explosion and fire.

An investigation found that employees at the plant were exposed to wood dust explosions, deflagrations, or rapid combustion, and other fire hazards, and that there were not adequate protective measures in place.

Inferno has 15 business days to comply, meet with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the a review commission.

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