Automotive Parts Manufacturer Cited $271K for Fire Hazards, Exposed Employees to 13 Fire Over 2 Years

A manufacturing company was cited for exposing workers to fires and failing to train them on initial stage fire identification and use of fire extinguishers after federal safety investigators received a referral from a local fire department that responded to 13 fires at the auto parts manufacturer in a two-year period.

OSHA cited Woodbridge Englewood Inc. ­– which does business as Hematite Inc. – for one willful and nine serious safety violations and proposed penalties of $271,403.

OSHA found the polyethylene material Hematite heats to create molten plastic for automotive parts catches fire in the ovens. The material is easily ignited, even by static, and difficult to suppress or put out when a fire occurs. Between June 2020 and June 2022, Hematite had 13 fires at its facility. Employees used portable fire extinguishers until they extinguished fires or until the fire sprinkler system activated.

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