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CSB to Release Report on Fatal Explosion, Fire

July 10, 2014

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a meeting July 16 to release its findings on an explosion and fire that killed three employees in December 2010 as they worked with a metallic dust at the AL Solutions titanium plant in New Cumberland, WV.

An independent federal agency that reviews and investigates explosions, the CSB will release its findings and discuss methods to avoid and prevent future incidents. The meeting is free and open to the public and will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Charleston, WV.

The fire and explosion occurred while the three men worked with titanium powder – a highly explosive material. OSHA cited the company for several violations for the explosion, including one willful violation and 16 serious violations. OSHA fined the company more than $154,000 for the incident.

The company also reached a settlement earlier this year to pay nearly $200,000 in civil penalties to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Labor for the incident. Lawsuits by members of the men killed in the accident are still pending in the courts.

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