MIDDLETOWN – The US Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Oprandy’s Fire & Safety Equipment company of Middletown after two workers sustained severe injuries when a fire-suppression system compressed gas cylinder exploded.
Federal inspectors found the air device’s pressure exceeded the
cylinder’s listed pressure limit and they also found the company
failed to train the employees on the procedures needed to fill the cylinder
OSHA fined the company $19,774; Oprandy’s has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, meet with the regional director or contest the findings.
“Oprandy’s Fire & Safety Equipment needlessly exposed its employees to a potentially fatal hazard that caused them to suffer serious injuries,” said OSHA Area Director Robert Garvey. “Injuries are preventable when employers follow basic safety precautions in their industry, and train employees to recognize and prevent hazards.”