For Immediate Release
June 29, 2016
Contact: Office of Communications
OSHA reminds employers to protect workers from dangers of handling fireworks
WASHINGTON " As plans for July 4th celebrations kick into high gear, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging employers in the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to protect their workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying and selling fireworks.
"Throughout the country, Americans will enjoy the excitement and splendor fireworks bring to the 4th of July holiday, but we must be aware of the dangers workers in the pyrotechnics industry face every day," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "It is vital that employers take the required steps to ensure workers" safety and health."
Last year, two workers were killed and four injured in an explosion at a fireworks manufacturing facility in Alabama. The explosion happened during a fireworks mixing process. OSHA cited the employer, Ultratec Special Effects, with 14 serious safety violations and issued proposed penalties of $66,221.
OSHA"s Web page on the pyrotechnics industry addresses retail sales of fireworks and fireworks displays. The page provides information on common hazards and solutions found in both areas of the industry, and downloadable safety posters for workplaces. It also includes a training video that demonstrates best industry practices for retail sales and manufacturers based on National Fire Protection Association consensus standards.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA"s role is to ensure these conditions for America"s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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