Global Pyrotechnic Solutions
Dittmer, MO (KSDK) - Fireworks factory Global Pyrotechnic Solutions was cited Wednesday by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for more than two dozen serious safety violations after three workers were injured in an explosion at the company's Jefferson County facility last March.
The explosion happened on the morning of Tuesday, March 6 at Global Pyrotechnic Solutions, located at 10476 Sunset Drive.
Judson Ray, 33, suffered third-degree burns in the explosion and had to be hospitalized at Mercy Hospital St. Louis for approximately 20 days. Two other workers, ages 22 and 23, were taken to St. Clare Hospital in Fenton where they were treated for serious burns and released that day.
The fireworks factory was cited for 25 serious safety violations and six other-than-serious safety violations, with penalties totaling approximately $116,900.
The serious violations involve improper handling of exoplosives, improper storage of flammable liquids and a lack of ventilation in rooms where the liquids are used. Several violations relate to safety management.
The complete list of citations can be viewed at OSHA's website.
OSHA documented violation after violation in 1999, 2000, and 2001, but officials never made any surprise or announced inspections since that time, according to a March report by NewsChannel 5's I-Team. OSHA officials told the I-Team, "The last inspection at this location was in 2001 and OSHA issued citations for 11 violations and fined Pyro Products $242,000."
The I-Team also learned that Pyro Products never paid the full fine. OSHA sent the company to a collection agency but according to an OSHA spokesperson, Pyro executives never paid in full.
Global Pyrotechnical Solutions Inc. employs 20 people. The fireworks company has 15 business days from the time they receive these citations to select one of three options: comply with the citations and penalties; request an informal conference with OSHA's area director; or contest the findings before the independent Occupation Safety and Health Review Commission.