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GM Plant Pays IOSHA Penalties for Fatal Explosion

Steve Wagner

Last July, a chlorine dioxide explosion at a GM Plant in Marion, Indiana, killed one man, 48-year-old James L. Gibson, and injured five others. Although the fires from the explosion were contained quickly, an investigation by IOSHA has since uncovered that the General Motors metal-stamping plant had been cited for two serious workplace violations after a recent inspection.

Reports said that “employees were exposed to a violent equipment over-pressurization from potential exothermic decomposition reactions due to the mixing of incompatible chemicals.” These conditions resulted in the explosion, and the General Motors plant has since been fined a penalty amount of $12,600, and has had a safety issue ordered against them.

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