Four employees of Polymer Partners LLC were injured during a flash fire Wednesday at the Polymer Partners plant in Henderson Kentucky. Polymer Partners had previously been fined $26,650 by state labor officials for dangerous safety violations between 2004 and 2008. The violations included using power-operated industrial trucks in environments containing hazardous concentrations of explosive dust, a dangerous practice that had caused a previous explosion in 2004.
Polymer Partners was also fined $16,500 for having another series of safety violations that included unguarded electrical equipment. In January 2008, the Labor Cabinet also cited the company for not keeping the area clean of combustible dust. Even with all of these previous citations, another industrial accident occurred at Polymer Partners this last week.
The four men that were injured suffered significant burns and injuries from a piece of equipment that exploded inside the factory, causing a flash fire. Polymer Partners is clearly responsible for failing to fully correct previous safety violations and Kentucky officials are further investigating the incident.
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