Pasadena chemical plant opens less than a week after explosion

A Pasadena chemical plant is raising concerns after announcing it will resume operations less than a week after an explosion that left four workers with serious burns.  The explosion occurred after silane gas was released from a cracked line workers were operating on.  The explosion left one employee so severely burned that he is expected to have to undergo long-term care and treatment. This is not the first time that the company has had safety issues, with a history of leaks and separate 2008 incidents that sent 15 individuals to the hospital.

Many experts are saying that investigating such an incident, as well as exploring why the company has had repeat accidents, should take far longer than a week. Although the company reports that the incident was an isolated event, many are concerned that they have not discovered the root cause of the repeated accidents in such a short period of time.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is still investigating the explosion, but has no authority to shut company operations down.  The chemical plant has not fully elaborated on what safety measures they are putting in place to prevent a future accident.

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