Processing Magazine

Adhesives manufacturer faces $917,000 in fines for plant explosion

September 14, 2011
BOSTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recommended $917,000 in fines for adhesives manufacturer Bostik Inc. after an explosion at its plant in March injured four workers, The Associated Press reported.

OSHA cited Bostik for what it alleged were 50 violations of workplace safety standards at its facility in Middleton, Mass.

According to official reports, the explosion occurred when a valve was accidentally left open and allowed acetone vapors to fill the building and ignite.

Bostik said it has upgraded the plant since the incident.