CSB Will Hold Public Board Meeting on September 24, 2021, to Release Two Final Investigation Reports
Washington D.C. September 20, 2021 - The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced today its intent to hold a public board meeting on September 24, 2021, 1 p.m. EDT, to release two final investigation reports.
The first report details the investigation into a fatal incident on May 3, 2019, at the AB Specialty Silicones, LLC (AB Specialty) facility in Waukegan, Illinois. AB Specialty was making a silicon hydride emulsion when a flammable vapor cloud developed and ignited, causing an explosion and fire. The incident fatally injured four employees and seriously injured another employee.
The second report details the investigation into a fatal incident on September 21, 2020, at the Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Canton, North Carolina. The incident occurred when an electric heat gun fell into a bucket of flammable resin, igniting a fire. The fire was inside a process vessel that was a permit-required confined space and spread to a connected process vessel where it fatally injured two contract workers.
CSB staff will present its final reports with corresponding findings and recommendations. Staff presentations are preliminary and are intended to allow the Board to consider in a public forum the issues and factors involved in the case.
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Chairman Katherine Lemos said, ‰??These two investigations cover several issues the CSB has highlighted over the years ‰?? reactive chemistry, hot work safety, and confined space safety. We hope that these new reports and investigations will further inform industry about the risks inherent to these activities and how those risks can be successfully mitigated.‰??
The meeting will be held virtually via ZOOM. The access information will be provided by e-mail to registrants. Registration is required via the below link:
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Link to Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/09/17/2021-20291/sunshine-act-meeting
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