Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis issued the follwed statement regarding Sundays blast at the Kleen Energy Systems plant: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends and loved ones of those workers killed and injured in today's explosion in Middletown. The safety and health of workers is of paramount importance to me and to the U.S. Department of Labor. Inspectors from the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived on site this afternoon to conduct a comprehensive investigation and are working in cooperation with other agencies."
Meanwhile, the fatal blast came just three days after the U.S. Chemical Safety Board called for urgent code changes regarding gas purging. The background of the agency's move is here, including a recounting of the fatal disaster at the ConAgra Slim Jim factory last year. Details of Feb. 4's vote are here.
Two combustible gas accidents tied to gas purging within months, and both with multiple fatalities, have gotten regulators' and industry's attention. Clarion Safety Systems is urgently designing signage to warn about the hazard and outline the CSB approved gas purging procedure. Email here if you would like details of these signsas they becomeavailable.