CANTON, Ohio - A fire at a Canton plant is not the first time the facility has come under scrutiny for health and safety violations.
The fire at Convoy Containers, which closed in May 2011, forced nearby neighborhoods to evacuate on Monday because of concern from fumes generated by tanks of sulfur dioxide stored inside.
But records obtained from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration show the plant was cited for what inspectors called "serious" health and safety violations less than a year before the plant closed.
According to inspectors, the plant failed to protect workers inside during an incident that occurred in August, 2010.
Among the findings:
- Recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death or serious physical harm.
- Employees exposed to potentially explosive concentrations of hydrogen sulfide gas.
- No means to detect concentrations to prevent an explosion.
Convoy Containers was initially fined $13,200 before coming into compliance under an informal settlement in January 2011.
Meanwhile, both local and state agencies are investigating conditions that may have existed inside the plant that has been closed for two years.
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