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OSHA fines Alabama car dealership over fatal flash fire

15 December 2017

The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited and fined Carl Cannon Inc., an automobile dealership, after investigating a flash fire in June 2017 that killed three employees and critically injured a fourth at its Jasper, Alabama, facility. The fines and penalties total $152,099.

OSHA said the company used a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor, which ignited and caused a flash fire. The agency issued one willful and two serious safety citations for failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program, improper storage of flammable liquids, and allowing unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment to be used in a hazardous area.

"Failure to effectively implement a hazard communication program has tragically resulted in the loss of lives and serious injuries," said OSHA Area Director Ramona Morris in Birmingham, Ala. "Employers must ensure employees are trained and aware of the hazards associated with handling flammable chemicals."

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