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Los Angeles wheel plant blast injures 11

29 April 2014

An explosion at a Los Angeles County chrome polishing factory injured 11 workers, two critically, on April 29.  More than 60 firefighters were called to Gorilla’s Polishing in La Habra after the explosion and subsequent fire. 

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LA County fire inspector Scott Miller said the fire may have started in the ducting system from lint and dust, and that there was no release of chemicals. Miller also said that the critically injured have life-threatening burns. All employees from the business were accounted for.

In 2011, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health found seven violations at the business, including failing to monitor for airborne contaminants, to establish an injury and illness prevention program and to provide information to employees about hazardous substances.

Gorilla's Polishing had the case closed in January 2013 after paying $1,975 in a formal settlement, according to the LA Times.

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