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CSB: Inadequate Management Led to Synthron Blast

9:42 AM MDT | August 21, 2007 | Nancy Seewald and Esther D’Amico

An explosion at Synthron’s Morganton, NC specialty chemical plant last year that killed one worker and injured several others was the result of “inadequate management of reactive chemical hazards,” says a final investigation report by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB; Washington). The facility was unprepared for a chemical process emergency, CSB says. Also, “ineffective” corporate oversight by Synthron’s parent, Protex International (Paris), contributed to the severity of the accident, the agency adds. If...

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