Fire leads to safety citations for Ohio company

CINCINNATI (AP) - Federal workplace safety officials have cited a waste management company after a fire and explosion at a Cincinnati waste treatment facility led to one employee's death and severely burned another.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that Cincinnati-based Environmental Enterprises Inc. was cited for 22 health and safety violations, with mandated follow-up inspections and proposed fines of $325,000.

The administration's Cincinnati-area director alleges the company didn't properly train workers about handling hazardous materials. Investigators determined the Dec. 28 explosion occurred when an organic industrial filter cartridge of sodium chlorate ignited, likely because employees were using an electrically powered saw to remove the filter's end caps.

A message seeking comment was left for the company after business hours Thursday. It has three weeks to comply or challenge the citations.

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